“Taken as a whole, our research indicates that the workers trained on research projects play a critical role in the industries and at companies critical for our new, knowledge economy.”
Who feels the pain of science research budget cuts?
In a piece in The Conversation, IRIS PI Bruce Weinberg, uses IRIS data to show how cuts in federal science funding will adversely impact the training of researchers, the future STEM workforce, and local economies.
Weinberg concludes, “So while the goal of sponsored research projects is to develop new knowledge, they also support the training of highly skilled STEM workers and support activity at businesses. The UMETRICS initiative allows us to see just which people and businesses are touched by sponsored research projects, providing a window into the short-run effects of research funding as well as hinting at its long-run value.”