Inside Wisconsin Improving academic research payoff requires people and facilities

By some standards, Wisconsin is a leader among the states when it comes to academic research. Its public and private colleges and universities attract as much as $1.7 billion per year in merit-based grants and contracts to study and provide solutions to society’s most pressing problems.

In other ways, Wisconsin is not a model for how academic R&D should work. State government support for basic research could be higher, and public universities in other states have far more freedom to build needed laboratories and pay star faculty.

The result is a conflict of expectations: Wisconsin colleges and universities with R&D depth are sometimes accused of not doing enough to launch startup companies and products – and those same institutions respond by saying state policymakers are standing in the way of their own goals.

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- - Volume: 6 - WEEK: 45 Date: 11/8/2018 12:25:42 PM -