The National Science Foundation (NSF) has been engaged in a wholesale redesign of many of their surveys in recent years and today I want to talk about one of these surveys, the Survey of Research and Development Expenditures at Universities and Colleges. NSF's proposed redesign includes the addition of a new module on commercialization and technology transfer, which I think is quite exciting. You can find out more about their proposed redesign or read some of our comments on the redesign below.
There is no doubt in my mind that the role universities are being asked to play in society has changed over recent years. Many universities are now seen to have a significant economic development mission. As such, I think universities should welcome many of the changes that NSF is proposing.
NSF letter 0609.pdf (110.81 kb)
NSF Attachment 1.pdf (558.88 kb)