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The general rationale for public support of research and specific reasons for support of particular research areas are of potential concern to many people. Those directly concerned with research ·funding and its rationale, for example, range from legislators to research administrators, scientists and graduate students. Public support of specific research areas is often defended for socio~polit~ ical and economic reasons. As an example, although private-sector research in forestry is conducted by large, diversified firms, the benefits of even highly applied research can be difficult to capture. Public support is necessary in such cases, since social benefits exceed the benefits considered in private-sector funding. These and other reasons for publicly funded research are reviewed and applied to forestry and forest products.


Bullard, S.H. 1986. Potential reasons for publicly funded forestry research. Forest Ecology and Management 17:53-59.



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