The effects of research & development funding on scientific productivity: Academic chemistry, 1990-2009

Joshua L. Rosenbloom, Donna K. Ginther, Ted Juhl, Joseph A. Heppert

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Abstract

This article examines the relationship between Research & Development (R&D) funding and the production of knowledge by academic chemists. Using articles published, either raw counts or adjusted for quality, we find a strong, positive causal effect of funding on knowledge production. This effect is similar across subsets of universities, suggesting a relatively efficient allocation of R&D funds. Finally, we document a rapid acceleration in the rate at which chemical knowledge was produced in the late 1990s and early 2000s relative to the financial and human resources devoted to its production.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0138176
JournalPloS one
Volume10
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 15 2015

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