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Canada. Spending by Higher Education Institutions Up

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Spending on research and development by higher education institutions such as universities and affiliated research hospitals, experimental stations and clinics, amounted to $10.2 billion in current dollars in 2007/2008.



In 2002 constant dollars, this was $8.8 billion, up 2.7% from the previous year and 85% above the level in 1998/1999.

Of six funding sectors, higher education institutions themselves continued as the largest contributors to research and development done by this sector (45% of total funding in 2007/2008), spending $4.6 billion in current dollars, up 3.1% from the previous year. The second largest contributor was the federal government, which provided $2.7 billion or 27% of total funding.

The higher education sector spent $2.1 billion in current dollars on research and development in the social sciences and humanities field in 2007/2008, up 7.9% from 2006/2007. Spending on natural sciences and engineering (including health sciences) stood at $8.1 billion, up 5.3%.

Ontario and Quebec combined provided 68% of total research and development spending of the higher education sector.
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