Measuring the Impacts of Federal Investments in Research: A Workshop
Monday-Tuesday, April 18-19, 2011
20 F Street (NW) Conference Center
Washington, D.C. 20001
A committee formed under the auspices of the Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy (STEP) and Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy (COSEPUP) is holding a two-day workshop to identify analytical and data needs and opportunities in assessing the returns to federal research funding across a wide range of fields and government missions. The meeting is targeted for:
- Federal agency research evaluators
- Congressional staff with research jurisdictions
- Science funding advocates
- Science of science policy scholars
- Other academics
Questions to be discussed include:
What have we learned from previous efforts to measure the economic and noneconomic benefits of federal research investments?
What are the links between health research and health outcomes and costs?
Can we measure the impact of research on non-market values such as climate change mitigation, food security, environmental protection, and national security?
What progress has been made in constructing a long-term data infrastructure for measuring research impacts? Can approaches such as STAR Metrics be broadened to encompass different performers and funding mechanisms?
What methods and metrics are being used in Europe, Latin America, and elsewhere?
What metrics and data are needed to track career choices and career development of STEM graduates trained with research funds?
How might we assess the influence of research on formal (e.g., regulatory, judicial) and informal (e.g., consumer, patient) decision-making?
For more information and to register for the workshop, via Returns on Federal R&D.
Revised list of cuts would bite deeper into US research
Great Beyond, Nature, February 11, 2011
NASA, NIH, NIST and the NSF all fared worse than they did earlier in the week. The revised list was anticipated after previous cuts failed to impress Republican caucus members, including so-called “tea party” members, who have been pressuring House leaders to make good on a campaign promise to trim $100 billion from President Barack Obama’s 2011 budget request. Yesterday, the committee, which is chaired by Republican congressman Hal Rogers (pictured) of Kentucky, acknowledged that new and deeper cuts would be unveiled as part of the package that representatives will be asked to vote on next week. … The text of the legislation seems to remove any uncertainy as to whether Republican leaders would try to water down their promise of draconian spending measures. It also sets the stage for a tough battle on Capitol Hill. The US government is currently funded under the latest in a series of continuing resolutions that maintains funding at 2010 levels from the beginning of the 2011 fiscal year on 1 October, 2010, to 4 March, 2011. The new proposals will be debated on the House floor next week and are still subject to confirmation by the Senate and President Barack Obama. …
For full text of the article, visit The Great Beyond: Revised list of cuts would bite deeper into US research.
- US science on the chopping block in further round of cuts (blogs.nature.com)
- House Panel to Take Second Bite Out of Science Budgets (news.sciencemag.org)
- House Republicans deepen spending cuts (reuters.com)