Another look at NSF’s R&D data

The data on the national R&D enterprise that are gathered and published annually by the National Science Foundation are so dimensionally rich that the implications are actually difficult to absorb. In the SlideShare presentation below, I’ve taken a try at teasing out some observations that may be of interest to people interested in the innovation system. Some of the findings are obvious; some not. Your comments are welcome. [By the way, the “print/pdf” button will not print the SlideShare deck; instead, click on the “SlideShare” icon or link and download from there.]

  • Samuel Finegold July 31, 2012, 2:45 pm

    I was wondering why you say on slide 28 you say that industry-performed research is “dependent” on federal funding when the federal percentage is so small. I’m actually just generally confused about what this slide is showing.

  • David Hochman July 31, 2012, 2:48 pm

    The percentage is certainly a minority, but it’s actually larger than I expected it to be before I examined the numbers. Dependent may not be the ideal word, but I was surprised to find that there was this much of the industry R&D enterprise that is federally financed, including at the “basic” stage.

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