ERIC Number: ED309722
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
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The Funding Preferences of University Researchers.
The relationship between the level of researchers' dependency on funding sources and their considerations for choosing to turn to certain funding sources is examined. Monetary and non-monetary aspects of these considerations are explored. University researchers and federal government agencies have a long history of collaboration for purposes of research; now the collaboration between university researchers and industrial corporations has added another dimension to the relationship between researchers and funding agencies. It is postulated that university researchers take into consideration a number of factors that might affect their decision with regard to their funding sources, and the factors affecting the researchers' preferences are examined. Three hypotheses are: the level of dependency on external sources is related to monetary considerations which affect the decision to collaborate with specific organizations; the same levels are related to non-monetary considerations affecting the decision to collaborate with certain organizations; and researchers in public universities tend to indicate non-monetary considerations more frequently as affecting their preference than do researchers in private universities. Results indicate researchers applying to different funding sources are not attracted by the wide range of advantages this relationship offers. The three hypotheses were all partially supported by the study. Both researchers who are highly dependent on external sources and those who are not do not tend to consider non-monetary factors. Tables are included. Contains 23 references. (SM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, March 27-31, 1989).