THE COST OF BASIC RESEARCH EFFORT: AIR FORCE EXPERIENCE, 1954-1964,
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF
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The costs of basic scientific research supported by the U. S. Air Force Office of Aerospace Research from Fiscal Year 1954 through Fiscal Year 1964 are discussed. Costs are defined to include not only the compensation of scientists, but outlays, and all other items requisite to the performance of research. The results of the study are applicable only to the operations of AFOARs Office of Scientific Research. The possible use of the materials developed in this study for AFOSR planning and budgeting activities is illustrated in the final section of the Memorandum. The information on the costs and their trends for engineering sciences is employed to estimate the funding levels requisite for three specified levels of effort during the period extending from FY 1965 through FY 1969.