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Analysis Variable:   R&D Plant Obligations
This variable indicates the amount of research and development (R&D) plant obligations by type of performer.
Although the non-geographic historical data incorporate corrections to previously reported data that have been submitted by the reporting agencies, corresponding corrections to the geographic distributions are rarely obtainable. Therefore, totals for an agency in "Federal R&D and R&D Plant Obligations to U.S. Performers" may not match totals for that agency obtained for domestic performers in "Federal R&D and R&D Plant Obligations."

This type of discrepancy exists in R&D Obligations for the following agencies:

Agency Fiscal Years
Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Admin 1987
Federal Aviation Administration 1972
Geological Survey 1972-78
National Institutes of Health 1975-77, 1989
Office of Economic Opportunity 1972-73
Washington Headquarters Services 1998

This type of discrepancy also exists in R&D Plant Obligations for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 1984.

Obligations represent the amounts for orders placed, contracts awarded, services received, and similar transactions during a given period, regardless of when the funds were appropriated.
Research and development (R&D) plant (R&D facilities and fixed equipment, such as reactors, wind tunnels, and particle accelerators) includes acquisition of, construction of, major repairs to, or alterations in structures, works, equipment, facilities, or land for use in R&D activities at Federal or non-Federal installations.

Excluded from the R&D plant category are expendable or movable equipment (e.g., spectrometers, microscopes) and office furniture and equipment. Also excluded are the costs of predesign studies (e.g., those undertaken before commitment to a specific facility). These excluded costs are reported under total conduct of research and development.

Obligations for foreign R&D plant are limited to Federal funds for facilities located abroad and used in support of foreign research and development.
Quality Control
These data have been checked and verified to correspond to data in the following NSF publications:
Federal Funds for Research and Development: Fiscal Years 2015-17
"Federal Funds for Research and Development, Detailed Historical Tables: FY 1951-2002"
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