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Measuring Science: Emerging Tools for Analysis of Federal R&D Investments
Original Broadcast:  December 3, 2012

Assessment of federal funding for scientific research and development (R&D) has broad relevance across academia, government and industry. Over the last 20 years, public policy decision-makers and federal administrators have generated legislation and guidelines for the development of new tools to support a deeper understanding of R&D investments. Led by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, STAR METRICS and Research.gov are two new R&D data systems. Following an overview of these systems and tools, we will present the findings of two portfolio analysis projects. The first applied a topic model approach to assess the current coverage of funding regarding the social aspects of environmental sustainability. The second project generated a novel conceptual framework to identify awards and assess outcome-based contributions to the “BioEconomy.” We conclude with a presentation of the political and practical challenges that emerged during the portfolio assessment for the BioEconomy, and a discussion of implications for the wider use of these new systems.

Presenters

Melissa H. CraginMelissa H. Cragin
AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, Assigned to the National Science Foundation, Office of the Assistant Director, Directorate for Biological Sciences
Leah NicholsLeah Nichols
AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, Assigned to the National Science Foundation, Office of the Assistant Director, Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences
Michael SimonMichael Simon
AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, Assigned to the National Science Foundation, Division of Integrative Organismal Systems, Directorate for Biological Sciences
Sean M. WattsSean M. Watts
AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, Assigned to the National Science Foundation, Division of Environmental Biology, Directorate for Biological Sciences
 
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