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Research & Development Services
U.S. R&D services exports generated $57.8 billion in 2022. Research and Development encompasses both R&D at the university level and at the industry level. Promoting research collaboration strengthens our economic development through innovation, workforce development, and attraction of foreign direct investment.

Research and Development Services

Supporting U.S. Academic Research Institutions

U.S. research and development services exports generated $57.8 billion in 2022 with an estimated $24 billion trade surplus in research and development services exports.  The United States has long been regarded as the premier destination for cutting-edge research and development (R&D), and American universities have helped propel the United States to this leading position.  Academic R&D positively impacts economic growth, spurs innovation, fosters entrepreneurship, and attracts foreign direct investment.  

How We Can Help Your Institution

The U.S. Commercial Service offers a broad spectrum of customized programs to assist U.S. higher education institutions to internationalize whether it is through increased numbers of international students on campus or by attracting foreign-funded research projects through trade leads, customized business matchmaking, or U.S. government advocacy assistance.

Our goal is to engage the R&D and technology transfer offices at U.S. higher education institutions to increase their awareness of ITA and U.S. Commercial Service resources, as well as other resources within the U.S. Department of Commerce.  

To learn more about the U.S. Department of Commerce Resources for U.S. Higher Education Institutions, click on the link to watch this one-hour webinar (Password: Jm6jJmS4).

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U.S. Department of Commerce Resource Links for U.S. Higher Education Institutions:

International Trade Administration

Find your local U.S. Commercial Service Trade Specialist

ITA, U.S. Commercial Service (CS), Global Education Team

ITA, Office of Supply Chain, Professional & Business Services

Trade Data Analysis

Advocacy Center

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Utility Patent Application Guide

Patent Process

Patent Search Guide

IP Awareness Assessment Tool

Inventory and Entrepreneur Resources

Pro se Assistance Program

Micro Entity Limit

Patent Pro Bono Help and Video

First Inventor to File

Law School Clinic Program

IP Events

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SURF)

Graduate Student Measurement Science and Engineering (GSME) Fellowship Program

Professional Research Experience Program (PREP)

NRC Postdoctoral Research Associateship Program

Bureau of Industry & Security

Bureau of Industry and Security

BIS Online Training Room


For questions, or to be added to our email list, please contact:
LeeAnne Haworth
Research & Development Sub-Team Leader
Global Education Team
Email LeeAnne Haworth