ISR Awards

Building a Social Science Research Community around a new R&D Data Infrastructure

The goal of this project is to develop an interdisciplinary community of researchers and research policy-makers who can integrate previous and ongoing investments in SciSIP research, data, and data infrastructure. This community will demonstrate the usefulness of next-generation infrastructure to conduct robust causal analyses of the productivity, and economic and social impacts, of federal R&D spending on U.S. university campuses. The project will leverage the substantial data and community building investments already made by both the SciSIP program and the STARMETRICS program. We propose to integrate the efforts of three important science policy communities by bringing together: (1) network theorists and information scientists working on SciSIP relevant questions; (2) economists and other social scientists concerned with evaluating the results of academic science and the role academic institutions play in regional and national competitiveness; (3) research institution administrators, policy researchers and advocates working to develop and promulgate metrics to evaluate the effects of federal R&D spending and of research and teaching on university campuses.