NSF Research program attracts attention of House Science Committee

The House Science and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Science Education held a hearing on empirically measuring returns on federal research investments
On September 23, the House Science and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Science Education dedicated what likely was its final hearing in this 111th Congress to the topic of empirically measuring returns on federal research investments. Chairman Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) and Ranking Republican Member Vern Ehlers (R-MI) invited a panel of witnesses to discuss the National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) Science of Science and Innovation Policy program, known as “SciSIP.” Witnesses included the SciSIP program officer, Julia Lane, two researchers whose centers are funded through the program (Fiona Murray from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s business school and Daniel Sarewitz from Arizona State University), and the Director of Science & Policy Programs for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Albert Teich. Both members of Congress and all four witnesses highlighted the critical need for not only measurements of scientific investments but also sophisticated analyses of the returns on those investments.