ERIC Number: ED185897
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Expenditures for Scientific Research Equipment at Ph.D. Granting Institutions, FY 1978.
Gomberg, Irene L.; Atelsek, Frank J.
At the request of the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Higher Education Panel (a stratified sample of 760 colleges and universities) collected information on the level of institutional expenditures for research equipment, the federal contribution to those expenditures, and the share of funds expended for high-cost items. The data were intended to analyze the impact of federal funding on equipment expenditures and the probable effects of various policy alternatives. It was found that during FY 1978 approximately $280 million was spent at Ph.D.-granting institutions for the purchase of scientific research equipment. Half of this amount was used in the life sciences, 19 percent in engineering disciplines, and 16 percent in the physical sciences. The federal government financed 65 percent of equipment purchases made from current funds; that proportion was 59 percent at public institutions and 75 percent at private institutions. For all science fields, 9 percent of research equipment expenditures from current funds were for items costing $50,000 or more. In electrical and computer engineering and in chemistry, that proportion was approximately 27 percent. When comparing FY 1978 equipment expenditures with the average for the previous three years, nearly half of respondents indicated that expenditures from current funds were about the same; one-third indicated they were greater. Expenditures for separately budgeted scientific research equipment from current funds comprised about 6 percent of all research and development expenditures at doctorate-granting institutions in FY 1978. Data tables are included, as are the survey instrument and instructions. A list of disciplines in the various categories used is appended. Also appended are a response analysis and the stratification design. (MSE)
Descriptors: Chemistry, Computer Science, Doctoral Programs, Engineering Education, Facility Inventory, Federal Aid, Higher Education, Intellectual Disciplines, National Surveys, Natural Sciences, Purchasing, Questionnaires, Science Equipment, Scientific Research, Tables (Data), Universities
Higher Education Panel, American Council on Education, Suite 800, One Dupont Circle, Washington, DC 20036
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.; Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC. Higher Education Panel.