Measure of STAR : Review of the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency's Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Research Grants Program

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  • Copyright: 2003-09-01
  • Publisher: Natl Academy Pr

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The report favorably reviews the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's competitive research grants program, finding that it has yielded significant new findings and knowledge critical for EPA's decision-making process. Established in 1995, the grants program was designed to enable the nation's best scientists and engineers to explore new ways to safeguard the environment and protect public health. The program awards about $100 million a year in grants and fellowships to independent investigators, multidisciplinary teams, and graduate students at universities and nonprofit institutions.

Table of Contents

Summaryp. 1
Introductionp. 14
EPA's Research Programp. 15
The STAR Programp. 16
The National Research Council Committeep. 17
Organization of the Reportp. 18
Referencesp. 19
Overview of the STAR Programp. 20
Evolution of the Programp. 21
Components of the Programp. 27
Research Fieldsp. 29
Operation of the Programp. 44
Fellowshipsp. 55
Previous Evaluations of the Programp. 57
Conclusions and Recommendationsp. 59
Referencesp. 60
Competitive Grant Programs in Other Federal Agenciesp. 64
The National Science Foundationp. 65
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in NIHp. 74
Department of Energy, Office of Biological and Environmental Researchp. 78
U.S. Department of Agriculture National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Programp. 80
National Aeronautics and Space Administrationp. 83
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrationp. 86
Conclusionsp. 89
Referencesp. 90
Measure for Measurep. 91
What are Metrics?p. 92
Use of Metrics in Evaluationp. 94
Bibliometric Analysisp. 98
Government Performance and Results Actp. 101
Conclusionsp. 105
Referencesp. 106
Taking the Measure of STARp. 108
Research Programp. 109
Fellowship Programp. 137
Conclusionsp. 139
Recommendationsp. 142
Referencesp. 143
Biographic Information on the Committee to Review EPA's Research Grants Programp. 149
Previous Reviews of the STAR Programp. 153
Performance Measures Used by Other Agencies and Organizationsp. 165
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