Scientific and Engineering Research Facilities at Colleges and Universities: 1998

Appendix F
Glossary


Animal Biological Safety level. The categorization of laboratory animal facilities in relation to government regulations described in Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (1993).

Animal housing space. All general animal housing (e.g., cage rooms, stalls, wards, isolation rooms) and maintenance areas (e.g., feed storage rooms, cage-washing rooms, shops, storage), if these areas directly support research.

Animal laboratory facilities. All animal laboratory space used exclusively for research activities, such as bench space, animal production colonies, holding rooms, germ-free rooms, surgical facilities, and recovery rooms.

Animal research space. The combined amount of animal housing and animal laboratory space.

Biomedical institution. Any academic institution, hospital, or nonprofit research organization that has research space in the biological or medical sciences inside or outside of a medical school.

Capital projects. Science and engineering research space construction and repair/renovation projects.

Central campus infrastructure. Refers primarily to systems that exist between the buildings of a campus (excluding the area within five feet of any individual building foundation) and to the nonarchitectural elements of campus design (central wiring for telecommunications systems, storage/disposal facilities, electrical wiring between buildings, central heating and air exchange systems, drains and sewers, roadways, walkways, parking systems, etc.).

Construction. Additions to an existing building or construction of a new building.

Deferred cost. The cost of S&E construction or repair/renovation projects that are necessary to meet current S&E research commitments but which are not scheduled and do not have funding.

Deferred need. S&E construction or repair/renovations projects that are needed but have been postponed because, in general, funds are not available.

Deferred project. S&E construction or repair/renovation projects that are necessary to meet current S&E research commitments but which are not scheduled or funded. This category excludes projects that would house new projects or expand faculty beyond what is required to fulfill current S&E research program commitments.

Doctorate-granting institutions. Research-performing institutions where the highest degree offered is the doctorate.

Existing field. Fields in which institutions reported research space. Facilities. To the extent they are used for research, facilities refers to research laboratories, controlled environment space, technical support space, facilities for laboratory animals, faculty or staff offices, department libraries, fixed equipment (such as fume hoods and benches), and nonfixed equipment costing $1 million or more.

Fixed equipment. Equipment that is built into facilities, such as fume hoods and laboratory benches.

Gross square footage. The sum of all areas (in square feet) on all floors of a building.

Hispanic-serving institutions (HSI). Colleges and universities whose enrollments are at least 25 percent Hispanic according to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). HBCUs are a recognized group of institutions that were established prior to 1964 and whose principal mission has been, and still is, the education of black students. These institutions qualify for Federal funding under 20 USC 1060.

Hospital. Research hospitals that were NIH grant recipients in 1997.

Institutional control. An institutionís sector, that is, whether it is publicly or privately controlled.

Institutional funds. An institutionís operating funds, endowments, indirect costs recovered from Federal grants and/or contracts, indirect costs recovered from other sources, and so on.

Institutional plan. An institutionís approved plan, including goals, strategies, steps, and budgets, for fulfilling the institutionís mission during a specific time period.

Instructional and research NASF. All space used for academic purposes, that is, space used for instruction and space used for research.

Internal sources. The sum of funds from institutional sources such as private donations, institutional funds, tax-exempt bonds, debt financing, and other sources. Major renovation. An extensive repair project that results in facilities that are equivalent, or nearly equivalent, to new facilities in their ability to support science and engineering research.

Minority-serving institutions. Colleges and universities that have large minority enrollments, specifically HBCUs, HSIs, and non-HBCU-Black institutions.

NASF. See net assignable square feet.

Net assignable square feet. The sum of all areas (in square feet) on all floors of a building assigned to, or available to be assigned to, an occupant for specific use, such as instruction or research. NASF is measured from the inside faces of walls.

Nondoctorate-granting institutions. Research-performing institutions where the highest degree offered is a bachelorís or a masterís.

Non-HBCU-Black institutions. Colleges and universities whose enrollments are at least 25 percent black according to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), but are not designated as Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Nonfixed equipment. Equipment that is not built into facilities.

Other doctorate-granting institutions. Research-performing, doctorate-granting institutions that were not top 100 or top 50, depending on the chapter, institutions in research and development expenditures in the National Science Foundationís 1993 Academic R&D Expenditures Survey.

Repair/renovation. The fixing up of facilities in deteriorated condition, capital improvements on facilities, conversion of facilities, and so on.

Research. All S&E research activities at an institution that are budgeted and accounted for. Research can be funded by the institution itself, the Federal Government, State or local governments, foundations, corporations, or other sources.

Research-performing institutions. All colleges and universities that offer a masterís or a doctorate degree in science and engineering, and all other institutions that reported separately budgeted S&E research and development expenditures of $50,000 or more in the National Science Foundationís 1993 Academic R&D Expenditures Survey. It also refers to all HBCUs, HSIs, and non-HBCU-Black institutions with any research expenditures.

Research organizations. Nonprofit research institutions other than colleges, universities, medical schools, and hospitals that were NIH grant recipients in 1997.

Research NASF. Space that is used only for research; it does not include space that is used for instruction. To the extent it is used for research, it may include: research laboratories, controlled environment space, technical support space, facilities for laboratory animals, faculty or staff offices, department libraries, fixed equipment (such as fume hoods and benches), and nonfixed equipment costing $1 million or more.

Scheduled. A planned project that is funded and scheduled but on which construction or repair/renovation has not yet begun.

Top 50 institutions. The top 50 institutions in research and development expenditures in the National Science Foundationís 1993 Academic R&D Expenditures Survey.

Top 100 institutions. The top 100 institutions in research and development expenditures in the National Science Foundationís 1993 Academic R&D Expenditures Survey.


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