Project Title

Factors that Influence Success in Research Funding a Quantitative Study

Authors' Section

Dustin GilmerFollow

Authors' Affiliations

Dustin Gilmer and Richard Ignace, Department of Physics and Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN.

Location

Ballroom

Start Date

4-5-2018 8:00 AM

End Date

4-5-2018 12:00 PM

Poster Number

2

Name of Project's Faculty Sponsor

Richard Ignace

Faculty Sponsor's Department

Astronomy and Physics

Type

Poster: Competitive

Classification of First Author

Undergraduate Student

Project's Category

Engineering and Technology

Abstract Text

Productivity and success in research is often difficult to quantify but is an important factor when determining future funding for the researcher. When trying to quantify factors attributed to productivity and success there are several data points that are produced such as the number of publications and success in future funding. It is important though to normalize these data points off previous funding, time spent doing research, and base pay of the researcher to insure accurate representation. Using this data, it is possible to find the productivity of the research correlated with the amount of research funding. This data obtained from the East Tennessee State University office of research and sponsored programs can be analyzed utilizing analytical software to find correlations within the data. This allowed us to determine if there is an inflection point at which productivity dips associated with research funding, as well as the productivity per research dollar for different disciplines. It is predicted that for many disciplines there will be an inflection point for which per research dollar the productivity will no longer increase. It is also predicted that for many hard sciences disciplines the productivity per research dollar will be less at the beginning, and then there will be a spike due to the greater startup cost associated with these disciplines. Inversely, it is predicted that in the softer sciences and humanities that productivity will be much greater per research dollar in the beginning and then tapper at the end.

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Factors that Influence Success in Research Funding a Quantitative Study

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Productivity and success in research is often difficult to quantify but is an important factor when determining future funding for the researcher. When trying to quantify factors attributed to productivity and success there are several data points that are produced such as the number of publications and success in future funding. It is important though to normalize these data points off previous funding, time spent doing research, and base pay of the researcher to insure accurate representation. Using this data, it is possible to find the productivity of the research correlated with the amount of research funding. This data obtained from the East Tennessee State University office of research and sponsored programs can be analyzed utilizing analytical software to find correlations within the data. This allowed us to determine if there is an inflection point at which productivity dips associated with research funding, as well as the productivity per research dollar for different disciplines. It is predicted that for many disciplines there will be an inflection point for which per research dollar the productivity will no longer increase. It is also predicted that for many hard sciences disciplines the productivity per research dollar will be less at the beginning, and then there will be a spike due to the greater startup cost associated with these disciplines. Inversely, it is predicted that in the softer sciences and humanities that productivity will be much greater per research dollar in the beginning and then tapper at the end.