Project Topic / Abstract:
“An Analysis of Grant Funding of the National Science Foundation’s Research in Undergraduate Institutions Program within the Biological Sciences”
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is one of the primary federal agencies that provide funding for basic scientific research. To support research in the predominantly undergraduate environment, the NSF funds faculty grants through their Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) program. Each fiscal year, the NSF disciplinary directorates publish comprehensive lists of awards, which, however, do not separately categorize RUI grants. The objective of this project was to ascertain the level of RUI funding within the three principle Divisions of the Biological Sciences Directorate (Integrative Biology and Neuroscience, Environmental Biology, and Molecular and Cellular Biosciences). By accessing the NSF’s website, divisional awards lists for the three most recently available fiscal years (1997-1999) were obtained for analysis. The RUI parameters evaluated for each division and their disciplinary programs included the total number of grants, number of zero-month supplements, total amount of funding, average grant amount, average grant duration, and the funding range.
- Truman Undergraduate Research Symposium (Kirksville, MO)