Research enterprise looks to the future
Organized research in the U.S. involves billions of federal and private dollars and dozens of agencies. It also comprises large numbers of research institutions and individual investigators in a complex set of relationships with funding organizations and with one another.
From its modest beginning in the late 1940s, the publicly supported research enterprise has grown, matured, and evolved into a $112-billion endeavor involving thousands of organizations and investigators representing every scientific discipline and field of knowledge. More than 20 agencies contribute to federal investments in research and development in the form of grants for basic and applied research, development, and supporting equipment and facilities.
With funding and cooperation from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, CTG conducted interviews, focus groups, and a national workshop to identify the aspirations, experiences, and ideas of investigators, funding agencies, research administrators, and political leaders. The project report, "Finding Our Future: A Research Agenda for the Research Enterprise," offers a vision of the ideal research enterprise and designs a supporting research and action agenda to help achieve it. The report emphasizes the need to understand and manage complexity, risk, and diversity; to harness rapid technological change; and to respond to an ever-changing array of relationships and expectations.
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