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9. North Carolina

2011 Ranking: 12
2010 Ranking: 11

North Carolina is one of the top states in receiving medical and science grants. Along with Maryland, it was among the top recipients of National Institute of Health (NIH) grant dollars.

North Carolina also received some of the most grants from the National Science Foundation.

The state also made the top 10 in terms of connectivity.

Software companies LEAD Technologies and SAS Institute have their headquarters in North Carolina, as well as Applied Science International, a company that provides advanced engineering design and analysis software to multiple government entities.

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