ERIC Number: ED223460
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
NSF Experiment in Research Grant Administration Promising--Changes Needed to Assure Accountability. Report to the Director, the National Science Foundation.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Association of American Universities are conducting an experiment in research grant administration designed to respond to the perceived needs of universities for more flexibility while assuring appropriate accountability for Federal research funds. The experiment delegates most grant administration authorities to universities and permits them to allocate costs among scientifically related NSF grants. The experiment is divided into two phases. Phase 1 (the Master Grant Phase) involved 245 grants awarded by NSF's Chemistry Division to the chemistry department of nine universities. Phase 2 (started in January 1981) modified and expanded the experiment to include almost all NSF grants to the nine Master Grant universities and three additional universities. The U. S. General Accounting Office believes the experiment can increase the economy and efficiency of Federal grant administration and provide more flexibility in the use of funds but indicates that some operational problems need to be corrected. This document discusses (in separate chapters) the experiment's background, objectives/scope, and methodology; Master Grant Phase, indicated to have improved research grant administration; the Phase 2 expansion; a review indicating that the NSF experiment needs to be better managed and evaluated; and conclusions/recommendations. (Author/JN)
Descriptors: Accountability, Chemistry, College Science, Federal Aid, Federal Programs, Government School Relationship, Grants, Higher Education, Program Administration, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Research Projects, Science Departments, Universities
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.