Update: It’s baaack. The Dear Colleague letter, that is, and I assume NSF’s interest in funding this research.
NSF had issued a Dear Colleague letter [not sure what to make of its disappearance] announcing “Grants for Rapid Response Research (RAPID) to Study the Impact of the Economic Stimulus Package and to Advance the Scientific Understanding of Science Policy”:
People will ask important questions over the next one to two years about the success and the impact of the economic stimulus. The Science of Science & Innovation Policy (SciSIP) Program, within the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences, can be a vehicle for mobilizing research capacity to respond to these questions and to assess the effects on both the ecology of innovation and on the science and engineering enterprise.
The SciSIP program will take advantage of NSF’s RAPID funding mechanism to accept short (2-5 p) RAPID proposals that attempt to answer many of the outcome questions that will be asked about the impact of the stimulus package as well as to advance the scientific understanding of science policy. These would include, but not be limited to, such questions as:
* What was the contribution of the science investment to the creation and retention of jobs?
* What was the contribution of the science investment to science and technology industries?
* What scientific or technological advances were achieved?
* What was the impact on the scientific workforce?
In keeping with the Presidential focus on openness and transparency in government, proposals might also examine and evaluate different approaches to building appropriate platforms for tracking and assessing science investments across the federal government as well as ways to visually convey the information to policy makers and the American public.
In other words, hundreds of NIH-funded investigators will be studied by, well, a handful of their NSF-funded colleagues.
Separately, NSF has also released R&D expenditures by academic institution for 2007.