The National Science Foundation (NSF) has funded two research projects designed to evaluate the long-term impact of science initiatives funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. Researchers at the University of Virginia will study the impact of stimulus funding on employment in science and engineering, and researchers at the University of Michigan will develop a database of the outcomes of social science projects funded through ARRA awards.
The University of Virginia study will allow researchers to measure the labor market response to science and engineering. It is believed that ARRA funds will have significant impacts on the hiring rates in university science programs, and researchers will investigate whether or not the supply of science doctorates can meet the demand to fill these new positions. Researchers will also compare how domestic relative to foreign doctorates fill employment needs.
The University of Michigan effort will track the investments into, and economic, scientific, and social outcomes of social science research funded by the ARRA. This study is novel because it will track the full life cycle of an award and will help researchers design future projects and funding agencies better understand the broad scale social and economic consequences of science investments.
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