Introduction to Basic Research

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‘Basic research’ is a term that is widely used but with little apparent consensus on what it actually means. The term basic research usually refers to study and research on pure science that is meant to increase our scientific knowledge base. This type of research is often purely theoretical with the intent of increasing our understanding of certain phenomena or behaviour but does not seek to solve or treat these problems.
Most scientists believe that a basic, fundamental understanding of all branches of science is needed in order for progress to take place. In other words, basic research lays down the foundation for the applied science that follows (ELSI Research)
Basic research is experimental or
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4. Development of networks and stimulating social interaction –
Open science with time has become part of an international network of researchers, scientists and research bodies who are all basically trying to address similar issues reading similar material and attending the same conferences. This network can be reliably contacted without delay in order to attain information, guidance or advice.
This can help plug the gap between industrial researchers and academic researchers stimulating fresh ideas and benefits.
Some analysts argue that the density of these network interactions is itself a good indicator of the vibrancy of a regional or national innovation system (Cooke and Morgan, 1993).

5. Enhancement of problem solving capacity -
Many firms in technological fields face complex technical issues and problems. Researchers also contribute to the economy by helping industry recognise, face and address problems.
Tijssen (2002) has produced evidence that 20% of private sector innovations are based to some extent on public sector research.
In the biomedical industry, Toole (1999) has shown that a 1% increase in the stock of public basic
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