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National Science Foundation
Rita R. Colwell
Director

Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences
Bennett I. Bertenthal
Director

Division of Science Resources Studies
Jeanne E. Griffith
Director

Research and Development Statistics Program
John E. Jankowski
Program Director

Division of Science Resources Studies
The Division of Science Resources Studies (SRS) fulfills the legislative mandate of the National Science Foundation Act to ...

provide a central clearinghouse for the collection, interpretation, and analysis of data on scientific and engineering resources and to provide a source of information for policy formulation by other agencies of the Federal Government...

To carry out this mandate, SRS designs, supports, and directs periodic surveys as well as a variety of other data collections and research projects. These surveys yield the materials for SRS staff to compile, analyze, and disseminate quantitative information about domestic and international resources devoted to science, engineering, and technology.

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Suggested Citation

National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Studies, Federal Science and Engineering Support to Universities, Colleges, and Nonprofit Institutions: Fiscal Year 1996, NSF 98-331, Project Officer, Richard Bennof (Arlington, VA 1998).

September 1998

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Letter of Transmittal top

Dear Mr. President:

It is my honor to transmit to you the statistical report, Federal Science and Engineering Support to Universities, Colleges, and Nonprofit Institutions: Fiscal Year 1996, in accordance with the National Science Foundation Act of 1950, as amended.

Respectfully yours,
Rita R. Colwell
Rita R. Colwell
Director
The President
The White House
Washington, DC 20500


Foreword top

Institutions of higher education, the major source of the Nation's scientists and engineers, perform about one-half of the Nation's basic research. Therefore, the level, distribution, and characteristics of Federal academic support are of much interest to officials at Federal, state, and local levels and in nongovernmental sectors.

The National Science Foundation Act of 1950, as amended, requires that the Foundation " . . . initiate and maintain a program for the determination of the total amount of money for scientific and engineering research, including money allocated for the construction of the facilities wherein such research is conducted, received by each educational institution and appropriate nonprofit organization in the United States, by grant, contract, or other arrangement from agencies of the Federal Government, and to report annually thereon to the President and the Congress."

To fulfill this requirement, the Foundation has utilized the data collection system originally designed by the Committee on Academic Science and Engineering of the Federal Council for Science and Technology. The Foundation annually collects statistical data from the 18 Federal agencies that account for virtually all support for science and engineering (S&E) research and development at educational institutions. Data are also collected on these agencies' obligations to nonprofit institutions.

Since its inception, this survey system has been the sole source of data on Federal funding to individual institutions for S&E activities and therefore attracts a wide audience. These data provide information that enables users to examine patterns of support for individual institutions over time and to compare such patterns with those of other institutions.

We are grateful for the continued cooperation of the responsible staff members in the participating agencies, and we appreciate their efforts to assist us in ensuring the quality of their data submissions.


Jeanne E. Griffith
Director
Division of Science Resources Studies
National Science Foundation September 1998

Acknowledgments  top

The preparation of Federal Science and Engineering Support to Universities, Colleges, and Nonprofit Institutions: Fiscal Year 1996, was managed by Richard J. Bennof, Analyst, National Science Foundation (NSF), (SRS), Research and Development Statistics Program (RDS), under the overall direction of John E. Jankowski, Jr., Program Director, RDS, with guidance and review provided by Jeanne E. Griffith, Division Director, SRS, and Ronald Fecso, Chief Statistician. The text was edited by Anne Houghton, Publications Manager of SRS with assistance from Julia Harriston and Tanya Gore. Quantum Research Corp. (QRC) of Bethesda, MD, under NSF contract number SRS 94-21044, prepared the tables and report copy. QRC staff members who worked on this project were Heidi L. Clark, Gail H. Henry, Hilary E. Jones, Keri R. Leibensperger, Elizabeth H. Peto, and Jennifer D. Ranwez. Laurie Leonard and Heather Gowallis of EDO Technology Services and Analysis provided composition services for this report.


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