An assessment of the National Science Foundation's Science and Technology Centres Program

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  • Creator Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication Washington, D.C. : National Academy Press, 1996.
  • Physical Details
    • 1 online resource (x, 81 pages) : illustrations, maps
  • ISBNs 0309562198, 9780309562195, 0309053242, 9780309053242
  • OCLC ocm57032371


  • ""An Assessment of the National Science Foundation's Science and Technology Centers Program""; ""Preface""; ""Contents""; ""Executive Summary""; ""1 Introduction ""; ""CHARGE TO PANEL""; ""SOURCES OF INFORMATION""; ""REPORT OVERVIEW""; ""2 Has the STC Program Accomplished Its Goals? ""; ""OBSERVATIONS AND COMMENTARY""; ""How Have Other Factors Beyond Those in the Original Solicitations Influenced the Expectations and Operationâ€?""; ""How Well Are the STCs Performing Relative to the Research Goal?""; ""How Well Are STCs Performing Relative to the Goal of Education?""
  • ""How Well Are STCs Performing Relative to the Goal of Knowledge Transfer and Exchange?""""Is One Type of STC More Successful Than Another?""; ""What Problems Has the STC Program Faced in Reaching Its Goals?""; ""FINDINGS""; ""CONCLUSIONS""; ""3 How Well Has the Design of the STC Program Worked?""; ""OBSERVATIONS AND COMMENTARY""; ""What Was the Design of the STC Program?""; ""How Do STCs Differ from Other Centers and Other Modes of Research Support?""; ""FINDINGS""; ""CONCLUSIONS""; ""4 How Well Has the STC Program Been Managed and Evaluated? ""; ""OBSERVATIONS AND COMMENTARY""
  • ""MANAGEMENT ISSUES ENCOUNTERED BY NSF AND INDIVIDUAL CENTERS""""Consistent High-Quality Management and Review""; ""NSF's Administrative and Scientific Management of the STC Program""; ""STC Program Review""; ""THE STC PROGRAM VIEWED AS AN INVESTMENT BY NSF""; ""How Well Does the STC Program Fit With NSF's Strategic Plan?""; ""FINDINGS""; ""CONCLUSIONS""; ""5 Recommendations ""; ""1. NSF should continue the STC program.""; ""2. Research and the undergraduate and graduate education linked to it should be the paramount goals of the ... ""
  • ""3. In future solicitations, NSF should encourage but not require that proposed STCs be multidisciplinary ... """"4. The level of funding for the STC program should be maintained to ensure that it retains its strength and â€?""; ""5. The budget for the STC program should retain a separate identity. Moreover, the tradeoff between thisâ€?""; ""6. STC solicitations should be conducted openly across all fields by NSF as a whole (rather than withinâ€?""; ""7. The duration of STC awards should be 10 years. Two periodic solicitations should occur within theâ€?""
  • ""8. The differing roles of Office of Science and Technology Infrastructure and program directorates in theâ€?""""9. NSF should place greater weight on scientific and administrative leadership in evaluating proposals forâ€?""; ""10. NSF should establish policies allowing center directors to allocate funds and other resourcesâ€?""; ""11. NSF should make every effort needed to coordinate reviews of the centers to avoid redundant dataâ€?""; ""References""; ""APPENDIXES""; ""APPENDIX A Review of Abt Report and Comments on the STC Evaluation Process ""
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