Research Point is an intangible resource available in all Deadlock Versions.
It represents a measure of the effort required to research a given technology.
As common to intangible resources, it cannot be accumulated in territories. This also implies it cannot be stolen or discovered, as contrary to completely researched technologies.
Research Points are commonly tied to a specific researched technology. Therefore, it is not possible to use research points surplus on another technology. Original Deadlock versions disallow to trade (outsourcing) research points.