Support of Small Research Projects in Materials Sciences at Universities.
Final rept. 1 Aug 77-20 Jun 79,
NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL WASHINGTON DC SOLID STATE SCIENCES COMMITTEE
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A major question facing the nations scientific community and makers of science policy is how to maintain the quality of our scientific programs in the face of shrinking resources, either from budgetary cuts or increasingly sophisticated and costly research needs. To explore this situation the NRCs Solid State Sciences Committee initiated a series of meetings to inquire into the manner in which research is supported in the solid state and materials sciences. The general objectives of the study are to review and enlarge understanding of the role of small research projects in the U.S. solid-state sciences effort, to determine factors that lead to meaningful research projects, and to establish guidelines to aid those who must make decisions concerning the allocation of resources. The intended audience includes both universities and funding agencies. In pursuing this study, the panel was asked to undertake the following general tasks 1 To assess the role of small research projects in relation to regional and national needs 2 to determine the factors affecting the production of high-quality research in small projects and 3 To recommend constructive modes of research organization and required support.
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