Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Want To See How Your Stimulus Dollars Reached The Science Community, There's A Site For That

ScienceWorksforUS.org, which was unveiled today at a press conference in Washington, D.C, is a joint effort of the Science Coalition the Association of American Universities and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities to gather data from most of the major research institutions across the country to track where the billions of dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), also known as the Recovery Act, or the stimulus of 2009.

The site features an interactive 50 states map which not only gives details on the number of grants each state has received but also a total overall dollar amount.

Selecting state individually gives you a further break down showing Universities and organizations that have received grants as well as recent news aggregated from various source about stimulus project in each individual state.

About the site founders

AAU, APLU, and TSC collectively represent more than 200 of the nation’s leading academic research institutions. The associations supported the inclusion of research funding in the Recovery Act because basic research produces both immediate and long-term economic impact, and will lead to solutions to many of the greatest challenges facing our country. Basic research is the foundation on which the United States will improve energy efficiency, reduce dependence on foreign oil, deploy 21st century technologies, save lives, and help bring down the cost of health care. In many communities across the country, research universities are the largest employers and a vital component of the local economy.

The Association of American Universities (AAU) is an association of 62 leading public and private research universities in the United States and Canada organized to develop and implement effective national and institutional policies supporting research and scholarship, graduate, professional, and undergraduate education, and public service in research universities. AAU universities award over one-half of all U.S. doctoral degrees and 55 percent of those in the sciences and engineering. Click here for AAU’s membership list.

Founded in 1887, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (A۰P۰L۰U) is an association of public research universities, land-grant institutions, and many state public university systems. Its 219 members enroll more than 4.7 million students, award nearly one-million degrees annually, and conduct nearly two-thirds of all academic research, totaling more than $34 billion annually. As the nation’s oldest higher education association, A۰P۰L۰U is dedicated to excellence in learning, discovery and engagement. Click here for a list of A۰P۰L۰U members.

The Science Coalition is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization representing 48 of the nation’s leading public and private research universities. It is dedicated to sustaining the federal government’s investment in basic research as a means to stimulate the economy, drive innovation and secure America’s global competitiveness. Click here for a list of TSC members.

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