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NSF: Growing Share of U.S. R&D Done by Small Businesses

March 24, 2010

Between 2003 and 2007 R&D spending at U.S. small businesses increased by 38.8 percent, according to a recent National Science Foundation InfoBrief. During that period the share of U.S. R&D done by firms with fewer than 500 employees increased from 17.9 percent to 18.7 percent. R&D intensity at small firms also increased from 3.1 percent of company sales revenues to 8.6 percent. Read the NSF InfoBrief "Indicators of U.S. Small Business' Role in R&D" at: http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/infbrief/nsf10304/?org=NSF