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National Science Foundation announces plan for comprehensive public access to research results

May 6, 2015 Comments off

National Science Foundation announces plan for comprehensive public access to research results
Source: National Science Foundation

Today, the National Science Foundation (NSF), announced its continued commitment to expand public access to the results of its funded research through the publication of its public access plan, Today’s Data, Tomorrow’s Discoveries. NSF’s public access is intended to accelerate the dissemination of fundamental research results that will advance the frontiers of knowledge and help ensure the nation’s future prosperity.

Characteristics of the College-Educated Population and the Science and Engineering Workforce in the United States

April 14, 2015 Comments off

Characteristics of the College-Educated Population and the Science and Engineering Workforce in the United States
Source: National Science Foundation

T​he number of college graduates in the United States nearly doubled between 1993 and 2013, from 29 million to 55 million, according to the National Survey of College Graduates (NSCG). The number of college graduates with degrees in science and engineering (S&E) fields grew faster than the number of college graduates with degrees in non-S&E fields. Additionally, in 2013, about 1 in 10 college graduates were employed in an S&E occupation, and this proportion has remained largely unchanged since 1993. Women accounted for more than one-half of the college graduate population in the United States in 2013. However, women constituted only 29% of those employed in S&E occupations.

State Government R&D Expenditures Remain Unchanged in FY 2013 at $1.8 Billion

February 3, 2015 Comments off

State Government R&D Expenditures Remain Unchanged in FY 2013 at $1.8 Billion
Source: National Science Foundation

State government agency expenditures for research and development totaled $1.785 billion in FY 2013, virtually unchanged (down 0.6%) from the $1.795 billion reported in FY 2012. Five state governments (California, Ohio, Texas, New York, and Florida) accounted for 57% of all state government R&D in both FY 2012 and FY 2013. This InfoBrief presents summary statistics from the FY 2012 and FY 2013 Survey of State Government R&D, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES).

These survey results provide the most recent NCSES statistics of R&D activities performed and funded by state government agencies in each of the 50 states and the governments of the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Survey data are available by state and by individual state agency. Further details are also available on R&D performer, source of funding, and type of R&D, such as agriculture, energy, environment and natural resources, health, transportation, and other.

Federal Funds for Research and Development: Fiscal Years 2011-13

October 31, 2014 Comments off

Federal Funds for Research and Development: Fiscal Years 2011-13
Source: National Science Foundation

This report is volume 61 of the Federal Funds series of detailed statistical tables. It presents data collected by the Survey of Federal Funds for Research and Development for FYs 2011–13. In May 2012, the survey was sent to all federal agencies identified as conducting R&D programs, and 27 agencies reported R&D funding levels. The basis for reporting is determined by fiscal year.
• FY 2011 data are completed transactions
• FY 2012 data are estimates of congressional appropriation actions and apportionment and reprogramming decisions
• FY 2013 data are estimates of administration budget proposals not yet acted on

Subsequent volumes in this series will show authorization, appropriation, deferral, and apportionment actions completed after these data were collected.

The data tables provide R&D totals as outlays and obligations. Obligations data are sorted as follows:
• Character of work (basic research, applied research, development, and R&D plant)
• Federal agency
• Field of science or engineering (for research but not for development)
• Geographical area
• Performer

Each year, agencies report obligations or outlays incurred or expected to be incurred in that year, no matter when the agencies’ funds were authorized, appropriated, or received. Agencies report R&D funding whether or not their budgets itemize funds for research, development, and R&D plant.

U.S. Knowledge-Intensive Services Industries Employ 18 Million and Pay High Wages

October 21, 2014 Comments off

U.S. Knowledge-Intensive Services Industries Employ 18 Million and Pay High Wages
Source: National Science Foundation

The commercial knowledge and technology-intensive (KTI) industries play a big role in the U.S. economy. The larger component of KTI industries—the knowledge-intensive (KI) services industries—employed 18 million workers and produced 22% of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) in 2012. The smaller component—the high technology (HT) manufacturing industries—employed 2 million workers and produced 2% of GDP in 2012. Although smaller than KI services industries, HT manufacturing industries have a greater concentration of workers in S&E occupations and perform a larger proportion of U.S. research and development. Both KI services industries and HT manufacturing industries pay substantially higher wages than the private-sector average.

Three KI services industries (business, finance, and information) and six HT manufacturing industries (aircraft; communications; computers and office machinery; pharmaceuticals; semiconductors; and testing, measuring, and control instruments) classified by the Organisation for Economic and Cooperation and Development are discussed in this report.[2] (Note: Because various data sources used in this report classify industries differently, different numbers may be reported for KI and HT industries.)

Unemployment among Doctoral Scientists and Engineers Remained Below the National Average in 2013

September 19, 2014 Comments off

Unemployment among Doctoral Scientists and Engineers Remained Below the National Average in 2013
Source: National Science Foundation

In 2013, an estimated 837,900 individuals in the United States held research doctoral degrees in science, engineering, and health (SEH) fields, an increase of 4.0% from 2010. Of these individuals, approximately 735,900 were in the labor force, which includes those employed full time or part time and those actively seeking work (i.e., unemployed). The unemployment rate for SEH doctorate recipients in the labor force was 2.1% in February 2013, down from 2.4% in October 2010 (table 1). Moreover, the 2013 unemployment rate of the SEH doctoral labor force was one-third of the February 2013 unemployment rate for the general population aged 25 years or older (6.3%).

Science and Engineering State Profiles

June 16, 2014 Comments off

Science and Engineering State Profiles
Source: National Science Foundation

State Profiles is an interactive website providing access to state-level data on science and engineering personnel and finances and state rankings. State Profiles displays up to 10 state profiles of the user’s choice. Data are available from NSF-sponsored surveys on employed science, engineering, or health (SEH) doctorate holders; science and engineering (S&E) doctorates awarded, including by major S&E fields; SEH graduate students and postdoctorates; federal R&D obligations by agency and performer; total and industrial R&D expenditures; and academic R&D expenditures, including by major S&E fields. Data available from other sources include population, civilian labor force, per capita personal income, federal expenditures, patents, small business innovation research awards, and gross domestic product. All data are available for download. Data cover 2003 to present.


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