applied research

  

Definition

Investigation of the findings of 'pure' or basic research, to determine if they could be used to develop new products or technologies. Also, the research conducted to solve specific problems or to answer specific questions. In accounting for research and development costs, the development costs may be carried forward but the basic and applied research costs are often written off as incurred.

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  • The applied research indicated we could use heuristics to best analyze the situation. We directly applied our theory to our business this way.

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  • Being able to use applied research properly will keep your company ahead of the curve on new technological demands of customers.

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  • We had this problem and knew it could be fixed if we took some time and used some applied research.

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