The purpose of research organizations is to gain knowledge through research and development. In countries like Canada and the United States large portions of national resources are devoted to R and D.
Research is similar to the inventive process as it attempts to create new ways of doing things that make life better. Innovative ideas are created. Development uses these innovative ideas to create and improve physical goods or processes.
The first provincial research council founded in Canada was the Alberta Research Council in 1921. The Canadian and Alberta governments both spend millions of dollars each year to support and promote research councils.
For more information on Government funded research organizations please follow the link: Government Funded Research
For more information on privately funded research organizations please follow the link: Privately Funded Research
For more information on Academic research organizations please follow the link below: Academic Research Organizations
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