Changes in Federal Support for Academic S&E and R&D Activities Since the 1970s


National Science Foundation
Rita R. Colwell

Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences
Norman M. Bradburn
Assistant Director

Division of Science Resources Statistics
Lynda T. Carlson
Division Director
Mary J. Frase
Deputy Director

Ronald S. Fecso
Chief Statistician

Science and Engineering Indicators Program
Rolf F. Lehming
Program Director

Division of Science Resources Statistics
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Suggested Citation top
National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Statistics, Changes in Federal Support for Academic S&E and R&D Activities Since the 1970s, NSF 04-304, Project Officer, Alan I. Rapoport (Arlington, VA 2003).

November 2003

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Acknowledgments top

This report was prepared by Alan I. Rapoport, Senior Analyst, Science and Engineering Indicators (IND) Program, Division of Science Resources Statistics (SRS), National Science Foundation. Overall review and guidance were provided by Rolf F. Lehming, IND Program Director, by Mary J. Frase, Deputy Division Director, SRS, and by Jeri M. Mulrow, Senior Statistician, SRS. The following were members of the review committee for this report: Richard Bennof, Brandon Shackelford, and Myles Boylan of NSF. Eileen Collins served as facilitator of the review committee. Rolfe W. Larson, Information and Technology Service Program (ITSP), managed editing and production of this report. John R. Gawalt, Program Director of ITSP, and his Web team handled electronic publication.

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