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Behavior and Cognition

Children, Youth, and Families

Defense and National Security

Economy and the Workforce


Humans, Systems, and Technologies

Law, Crime, and Justice

National Surveys and Statistics

Population and Demography

Research Quality and Use

Society and the Environment

Testing and Assessment

Assessing the Value of Research in Advancing National Goals


Project Scope


A committee of experts is investigating some of the many pathways through which research contributes to our economy and well-being and serves other national goals. The committee will address the technical and other measurement issues for assessing the quality, productivity, and impact of research in advancing national goals. The committee will draw upon current and past NRC studies and the experiences of other countries in order to assess measures of research impacts, in particular their utility and limitations for public policy decisions.


The study is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.


Committee Members

(View committee biographies on the Committee Membership page of the National Academies' Current Projects site)


The Honorable Richard F. Celeste, (Chair), President Emeritus, Colorado College

Rodney A. Brooks, Panasonic Professor of Robotics Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Alicia Carriquiry, Distinguished Professor of Statistics, Iowa State University

Christopher M. Coburn, Executive Director, Cleveland Clinic Innovations (CCI)

Stephen E. Fienberg, Maurice Falk University Professor of Statistics and Social Science,

   Department of Statistics, the Machine Learning Department, the Heinz College, and Cylab,

   Carnegie Mellon University

Bronwyn H. Hall, Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley,

   and Professor of Economics of Technology and Innovation, University of Maastricht, The Netherlands

John E. Kelly, III, Senior Vice President and Director, Research, International Business Machines Corporation

Josh Lerner, Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking, Harvard Business School

David C. Mowery, Professor of New Enterprise Development, Walter A. Haas School of Business,

   University of California, Berkeley

Jason Owen-Smith, Associate Professor Sociology and Organizational Studies and

  Director of and Professor of Organizational Studies in the Barger Leadership Institute, University of Michigan

John Edward Porter, Partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP

Stephanie S. Shipp, Senior Research Staff Member, IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute.

Gregory Tassey, Senior Economist, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Jeffrey Wadsworth, (NAE), President and Chief Executive Officer, Battelle Memorial Institute, Inc.

David Ward, Chancellor (Interim), University of Wisconsin—Madison




Miron Straf, Study Director

Mary Ann Kasper, Sr. Program Assistant


Committee Meetings


January 10-12, 2013 — Agenda of public sessions

April 8-9, 2013

July 22-23, 2013


The National Academies