Studies of U.S. Universities' Research Equipment Needs Inconclusive.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC RESOURCES COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIV
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In 1982, various scientific leaders estimated that the cost to update university research equipment was between 1 billion and 4 billion. Because of this large cost variance, GAO was requested to assess how well past studies have defined the nationwide deficiency in university research equipment and to suggest what other work is needed to better determine equipment needs. GAO examined five completed studies that described the status of university equipment needs and two such studies which are still in progress. Although each completed study stated that universities have had a substantial need for equipment, none of these studies can be used to determine current needs. This report analyzes studies and other relevant data to determine the causes and factors which influence universities need for research equipment and identify and evaluate options for equipping university laboratories.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods