International Survey of Engineering Faculty & Administration: Trends in Engineering Research Funding

  • ID: 4668837
  • Report
  • Region: Global, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, United States
  • 75 pages
  • Primary Research Group
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The 75-page study looks closely at the state of affairs of engineering research funding for major engineering programs in the USA, the UK, Australia and Canada.  The report presents data from more than 160 engineering faculty at major research universities, providing detailed information on: the number of grant proposals written, dollar volume of grants won, personal work time spent on pursuing grants, evaluation of the current and future environment for grants and other research support.  In addition, the study gives precise data on the source of grant funding, with specific figures for central government support, state/local government support, private sector support and other sources of support. 

Data is presented in the aggregate and broken out by 11 criteria including academic title, university ranking, salary level, gender, age, field of engineering and other factors.

Just a few of the report’s many findings are that:

  • Survey participants spent a mean of 17.53% of their work time applying for grants or otherwise seeking funding sources; the median was 10% and the range, 0 to 90%.
  • Time spent pursuing grants and other support differed significantly by field of engineering with those in biomedical engineering spending the highest percentage of their time on these pursuits – 30% -- and those in computer science/robotics spending the least – 9.9%.
  • For top 10 world programs, the number of grants applied for per researcher in the past year was 2.13.
  • Full professors were much more likely than assistant or associate professors or readers to feel that conditions were excellent
  • Researchers in chemical/materials/agricultural engineering were less likely than those in other engineering fields to feel that research conditions were good or excellent.
  • A mean of 47.19% and a median of 50% of grant support came from the Federal or other central governments.
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THE QUESTIONNAIRE   
Characteristics of the Sample   
SUMMARY OF MAIN FINDINGS   
Percentage of Work Time Accounted for by Applying for Grants and Seeking Other Funding Sources   
Dollar Volume of all Funding Over the Past Five Years   
Number of Grants Applied for in the Past Year   
View of the Current Environment for Grant Support in Engineering   
Outlook for Funding for Engineering Research Over the Next Two Years   
Percentage of Research Support Accounted for by the Federal or Central Government   
Percentage of Research Support Accounted for by the Researcher’s Own University   
Percentage of Research Support Accounted for by Private Sector Foundations, Non-Profits or Companies   
Percentage of Research Support Accounted for by State & Local Government   
Percentage of Research Support Accounted for by Other Sources not Previously Cited   
Probable Areas of Increases in Research Funding   

List of Tables
Table 1.1 What percentage of your work time would you estimate is accounted for by applying for grants and seeking funding sources?   
Table 1.2 What percentage of your work time would you estimate is accounted for by applying for grants and seeking funding sources? Broken out by US News & World Report ranking of doctoral level engineering programs   
Table 1.3 What percentage of your work time would you estimate is accounted for by applying for grants and seeking funding sources? Broken out by country   
Table 1.4 What percentage of your work time would you estimate is accounted for by applying for grants and seeking funding sources? Broken out by academic role or title   
Table 1.5 What percentage of your work time would you estimate is accounted for by applying for grants and seeking funding sources? Broken out by age of survey participant   
Table 1.6 What percentage of your work time would you estimate is accounted for by applying for grants and seeking funding sources? Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 1.7 What percentage of your work time would you estimate is accounted for by applying for grants and seeking funding sources? Broken out by is your institution public or private?   
Table 1.8 What percentage of your work time would you estimate is accounted for by applying for grants and seeking funding sources? Broken out number of courses taught in the past semester by the survey participant   
Table 1.9 What percentage of your work time would you estimate is accounted for by applying for grants and seeking funding sources? Broken out by academic field or specialization   
Table 1.10 What percentage of your work time would you estimate is accounted for by applying for grants and seeking funding sources? Broken out by tenure status   
Table 1.11 What percentage of your work time would you estimate is accounted for by applying for grants and seeking funding sources? Broken out by level of annual compensation in $US   
Table 1.12 What percentage of your work time would you estimate is accounted for by applying for grants and seeking funding sources? Broken out by what percentage of your work time would you estimate is accounted for by applying for grants and seeking funding sources?   
Table 2.1 What is the value of all grants (in US dollars) for academic research that you have received within the past five years?   
Table 2.2 What is the value of all grants (in US dollars) for academic research that you have received within the past five years? Broken out by US News & World Report ranking of doctoral level engineering programs   
Table 2.3 What is the value of all grants (in US dollars) for academic research that you have received within the past five years? Broken out by country   
Table 2.4 What is the value of all grants (in US dollars) for academic research that you have received within the past five years? Broken out by academic role or title   
Table 2.5 What is the value of all grants (in US dollars) for academic research that you have received within the past five years? Broken out by age of survey participant   
Table 2.6 What is the value of all grants (in US dollars) for academic research that you have received within the past five years? Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 2.7 What is the value of all grants (in US dollars) for academic research that you have received within the past five years? Broken out by is your institution public or private?   
Table 2.8 What is the value of all grants (in US dollars) for academic research that you have received within the past five years? Broken out number of courses taught in the past semester by the survey participant   
Table 2.9 What is the value of all grants (in US dollars) for academic research that you have received within the past five years? Broken out by academic field or specialization   
Table 2.10 What is the value of all grants (in US dollars) for academic research that you have received within the past five years? Broken out by tenure status   
Table 2.11 What is the value of all grants (in US dollars) for academic research that you have received within the past five years? Broken out by level of annual compensation in $US   
Table 2.12 What is the value of all grants (in US dollars) for academic research that you have received within the past five years? Broken out by what percentage of your work time would you estimate is accounted for by applying for grants and seeking funding sources?   
Table 3.1 How many grants have you applied for within the past 12 months?   
Table 3.2 How many grants have you applied for within the past 12 months? Broken out by US News & World Report ranking of doctoral level engineering programs   
Table 3.3 How many grants have you applied for within the past 12 months? Broken out by country   
Table 3.4 How many grants have you applied for within the past 12 months? Broken out by academic role or title   
Table 3.5 How many grants have you applied for within the past 12 months? Broken out by age of survey participant   
Table 3.6 How many grants have you applied for within the past 12 months? Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 3.7 How many grants have you applied for within the past 12 months? Broken out by is your institution public or private?   
Table 3.8 How many grants have you applied for within the past 12 months? Broken out number of courses taught in the past semester by the survey participant   
Table 3.9 How many grants have you applied for within the past 12 months? Broken out by academic field or specialization   
Table 3.10 How many grants have you applied for within the past 12 months? Broken out by tenure status   
Table 3.11 How many grants have you applied for within the past 12 months? Broken out by level of annual compensation in $US   
Table 3.12 How many grants have you applied for within the past 12 months? Broken out by what percentage of your work time would you estimate is accounted for by applying for grants and seeking funding sources?   
Table 4.1 How do you rate the current environment for grant support for funding in your subject area?   
Table 4.2 How do you rate the current environment for grant support for funding in your subject area? Broken out by US News & World Report ranking of doctoral level engineering programs   
Table 4.3 How do you rate the current environment for grant support for funding in your subject area? Broken out by country   
Table 4.4 How do you rate the current environment for grant support for funding in your subject area? Broken out by academic role or title   
Table 4.5 How do you rate the current environment for grant support for funding in your subject area? Broken out by age of survey participant   
Table 4.6 How do you rate the current environment for grant support for funding in your subject area? Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 4.7 How do you rate the current environment for grant support for funding in your subject area? Broken out by is your institution public or private?   
Table 4.8 How do you rate the current environment for grant support for funding in your subject area? Broken out number of courses taught in the past semester by the survey participant   
Table 4.9 How do you rate the current environment for grant support for funding in your subject area? Broken out by academic field or specialization   
Table 4.10 How do you rate the current environment for grant support for funding in your subject area? Broken out by tenure status   
Table 4.11 How do you rate the current environment for grant support for funding in your subject area? Broken out by level of annual compensation in $US   
Table 4.12 How do you rate the current environment for grant support for funding in your subject area? Broken out by what percentage of your work time would you estimate is accounted for by applying for grants and seeking funding sources?   
Table 5.1 How do you rate what you expect will be the future environment for grant support for engineering research funding over the next two years?   
Table 5.2 How do you rate what you expect will be the future environment for grant support for engineering research funding over the next two years? Broken out by US News & World Report ranking of doctoral level engineering programs   
Table 5.3 How do you rate what you expect will be the future environment for grant support for engineering research funding over the next two years? Broken out by country   
Table 5.4 How do you rate what you expect will be the future environment for grant support for engineering research funding over the next two years? Broken out by academic role or title   
Table 5.5 How do you rate what you expect will be the future environment for grant support for engineering research funding over the next two years? Broken out by age of survey participant   
Table 5.6 How do you rate what you expect will be the future environment for grant support for engineering research funding over the next two years? Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 5.7 How do you rate what you expect will be the future environment for grant support for engineering research funding over the next two years? Broken out by is your institution public or private?   
Table 5.8 How do you rate what you expect will be the future environment for grant support for engineering research funding over the next two years? Broken out number of courses taught in the past semester by the survey participant   
Table 5.9 How do you rate what you expect will be the future environment for grant support for engineering research funding over the next two years? Broken out by academic field or specialization   
Table 5.10 How do you rate what you expect will be the future environment for grant support for engineering research funding over the next two years? Broken out by tenure status   
Table 5.11 How do you rate what you expect will be the future environment for grant support for engineering research funding over the next two years? Broken out by level of annual compensation in $US   
Table 5.12 How do you rate what you expect will be the future environment for grant support for engineering research funding over the next two years? Broken out by what percentage of your work time would you estimate is accounted for by applying for grants and seeking funding sources?   
Table 6 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from each of the following sources?   
Table 6.1.1 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from U.S. federal government and its agencies and departments (if located outside the USA substitute your own federal government agencies)?   
Table 6.1.2 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from U.S. federal government and its agencies and departments (if located outside the USA substitute your own federal government agencies)? Broken out by US News & World Report ranking of doctoral level engineering programs   
Table 6.1.3 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from U.S. federal government and its agencies and departments (if located outside the USA substitute your own federal government agencies)? Broken out by country   
Table 6.1.4 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from U.S. federal government and its agencies and departments (if located outside the USA substitute your own federal government agencies)? Broken out by academic role or title   
Table 6.1.5 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from U.S. federal government and its agencies and departments (if located outside the USA substitute your own federal government agencies)? Broken out by age of survey participant   
Table 6.1.6 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from U.S. federal government and its agencies and departments (if located outside the USA substitute your own federal government agencies)? Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 6.1.7 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from U.S. federal government and its agencies and departments (if located outside the USA substitute your own federal government agencies)? Broken out by is your institution public or private?   
Table 6.1.8 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from U.S. federal government and its agencies and departments (if located outside the USA substitute your own federal government agencies)? Broken out number of courses taught in the past semester by the survey participant   
Table 6.1.9 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from U.S. federal government and its agencies and departments (if located outside the USA substitute your own federal government agencies)? Broken out by academic field or specialization   
Table 6.1.10 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from U.S. federal government and its agencies and departments (if located outside the USA substitute your own federal government agencies)? Broken out by tenure status   
Table 6.1.11 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from U.S. federal government and its agencies and departments (if located outside the USA substitute your own federal government agencies)? Broken out by level of annual compensation in $US   
Table 6.1.12 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from U.S. federal government and its agencies and departments (if located outside the USA substitute your own federal government agencies)? Broken out by what percentage of your work time would you estimate is accounted for by applying for grants and seeking funding sources?   
Table 6.2.1 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from your own university or department?   
Table 6.2.2 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from your own university or department? Broken out by US News & World Report ranking of doctoral level engineering programs   
Table 6.2.3 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from your own university or department? Broken out by country   
Table 6.2.4 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from your own university or department? Broken out by academic role or title   
Table 6.2.5 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from your own university or department? Broken out by age of survey participant   
Table 6.2.6 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from your own university or department? Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 6.2.7 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from your own university or department? Broken out by is your institution public or private?   
Table 6.2.8 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from your own university or department? Broken out number of courses taught in the past semester by the survey participant   
Table 6.2.9 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from your own university or department? Broken out by academic field or specialization   
Table 6.2.10 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from your own university or department? Broken out by tenure status   
Table 6.2.11 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from your own university or department? Broken out by level of annual compensation in $US   
Table 6.2.12 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from your own university or department? Broken out by what percentage of your work time would you estimate is accounted for by applying for grants and seeking funding sources?   
Table 6.3.1 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from private sector foundations, non-profits or companies?   
Table 6.3.2 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from private sector foundations, non-profits or companies? Broken out by US News & World Report ranking of doctoral level engineering programs   
Table 6.3.3 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from private sector foundations, non-profits or companies? Broken out by country   
Table 6.3.4 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from private sector foundations, non-profits or companies? Broken out by academic role or title   
Table 6.3.5 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from private sector foundations, non-profits or companies? Broken out by age of survey participant   
Table 6.3.6 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from private sector foundations, non-profits or companies? Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 6.3.7 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from private sector foundations, non-profits or companies? Broken out by is your institution public or private?   
Table 6.3.8 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from private sector foundations, non-profits or companies? Broken out number of courses taught in the past semester by the survey participant   
Table 6.3.9 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from private sector foundations, non-profits or companies? Broken out by academic field or specialization   
Table 6.3.10 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from private sector foundations, non-profits or companies? Broken out by tenure status   
Table 6.3.11 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from private sector foundations, non-profits or companies? Broken out by level of annual compensation in $US   
Table 6.3.12 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from private sector foundations, non-profits or companies? Broken out by what percentage of your work time would you estimate is accounted for by applying for grants and seeking funding sources?   
Table 6.4.1 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from state and local government?   
Table 6.4.2 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from state and local government? Broken out by US News & World Report ranking of doctoral level engineering programs   
Table 6.4.3 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from state and local government? Broken out by country   
Table 6.4.4 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from state and local government? Broken out by academic role or title   
Table 6.4.5 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from state and local government? Broken out by age of survey participant   
Table 6.4.6 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from state and local government? Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 6.4.7 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from state and local government? Broken out by is your institution public or private?   
Table 6.4.8 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from state and local government? Broken out number of courses taught in the past semester by the survey participant   
Table 6.4.9 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from state and local government? Broken out by academic field or specialization   
Table 6.4.10 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from state and local government? Broken out by tenure status   
Table 6.4.11 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from state and local government? Broken out by level of annual compensation in $US   
Table 6.4.12 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from state and local government? Broken out by what percentage of your work time would you estimate is accounted for by applying for grants and seeking funding sources?   
Table 6.5.1 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from all other institutions?   
Table 6.5.2 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from all other institutions? Broken out by US News & World Report ranking of doctoral level engineering programs   
Table 6.5.3 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from all other institutions? Broken out by country   
Table 6.5.4 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from all other institutions? Broken out by academic role or title   
Table 6.5.5 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from all other institutions? Broken out by age of survey participant   
Table 6.5.6 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from all other institutions? Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 6.5.7 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from all other institutions? Broken out by is your institution public or private?   
Table 6.5.8 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from all other institutions? Broken out number of courses taught in the past semester by the survey participant   
Table 6.5.9 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from all other institutions? Broken out by academic field or specialization   
Table 6.5.10 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from all other institutions? Broken out by tenure status   
Table 6.5.11 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from all other institutions? Broken out by level of annual compensation in $US   
Table 6.5.12 What percentage of your research funding over the past five years has come from all other institutions? Broken out by what percentage of your work time would you estimate is accounted for by applying for grants and seeking funding sources?   
In which subject areas and from which institutional sources do you feel that funding is likely to increase and in which areas is it likely to decline? Broken out by US News & World Report ranking of doctoral level engineering programs   
What institutional funding sources do you feel have increased funding in your subject area in recent years, or may do so in the near future? Broken out by US News & World Report ranking of doctoral level engineering programs

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