By linking federal award data to university transactions—including spending and payroll records and U.S. Census Bureau data—IRIS allows researchers to track and analyze information on knowledge transfer, economic impact, and job creation. IRIS’s work is already producing significant results” 

AAAS Lincoln report makes extensive use of IRIS data

The Lincoln Project looks at the ways in which public research universities serve the public good.  Their recent report Public Research Universities: Serving the Public Good discusses public research universities’ unparalleled level of service provided to the nation through research, economic stimulus, and individual well-being. By linking federal award data to university transactions—including spending and payroll records and U.S. Census Bureau data—IRIS allows researchers to track and analyze information on knowledge transfer, economic impact, and job creation.  IRIS and U.S. Census Bureau data also suggest that funding for academic research is positively linked to personal and national economic growth.

Read the AAAS Lincoln Project report»