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Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences
Division of Science Resources Statistics

The Division of Science Resources Statistics (SRS) provides statistical data, quantitative analysis, and indicators on the science and engineering enterprise: education, workforce, research and development funding, and research facilities. This information enables policymakers, researchers, and the public to better understand our Nation’s science, engineering, and technology enterprise. SRS contracts for most of the data collection activities and some of the analyses it supports. It also purchases or obtains data from other government agencies and private sources.

The SRS Division encourages proposals for research, workshops, and methodological studies that will lead to the development of new or improved science and technology (S&T) indicators; to strengthening methodologies to improve surveys of S&T data; and to an improved understanding of the S&T enterprise in the United States and globally. SRS also invites new approaches to the presentation of indicators that will increase the understanding of S&T issues and permit more sophisticated techniques of statistical analysis and electronic display. SRS encourages proposals that will analyze SRS data separately or in conjunction with those from other sources, but does not limit the work to only analysis of the data it collects. A new area of interest is the improvement of methodologies used in collecting, analyzing, and disseminating statistical data through surveys, censuses, and administrative records.

Proposal Submission

The SRS Division welcomes the submission of proposals to its programs in the topic areas mentioned in this Guide. For specific information and instructions on proposal submission, see the program announcement Grants for the Analysis of Science and Technology Resources (NSF 02-165). Proposals are due in mid-September. Awards are made in March of the following year.

SRS Documents

Using data from its surveys, the SRS Division produces numerous reports on important topics in science, engineering, and technology. The following are examples of widely referenced SRS publication series:

  • Science and Engineering Indicators
  • Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering
  • National Patterns of R&D Resources
  • Science and Engineering Research Facilities
  • Science and Engineering Doctorate Awards

Also available are Special Reports, InfoBriefs, and Working Papers on topics related to the science, engineering, and technology enterprise. Data products such as microdata files may be made available to the research community under license. To help acquaint customers with SRS products and databases, the division has an extensive Web site presenting its full collection of reports, public-use microfiles, and online data systems.

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