Corporate funding of research at universities

Sjoerd Langkemper


Modern research requires an ever increasing amount of money. While a couple of centuries ago one could still invent light bulbs and steam engines in the backyard, most of todays research requires big investments for laboratories, supercomputers and other expensive equipment. In these economical dim times, governmental organisations are less keen to invest in research. Private companies can come to help: they can invest in research projects they find interesting, or, financially rewarding. However, this comes at high costs.

In this paper I will address some issues when companies fund research projects at universities.

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