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UPDATE: Owen-Smith: Federal budget deal and FY25 proposal fail to deliver on research funding,  threatening America’s long-term economic health

In a piece published by The Conversation, IRIS Executive Director Jason Owen-Smith makes the case that the recent budget deal in Congress, and President Biden’s proposal for FY25, fail to provide the funding pledged in previous years, thus threatening the long-term health of the American economy. Read more…


Webinar: Greater Than The Sum of Our Parts: The Collective Impact of University Research

President Lawrence Schovenac of Texas Tech University, Rissa McGuire, executive director of the Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors (CPUPC) and IRIS Executive Director Jason Owen-Smith held a session July 20 on capturing and communicating the collective economic effects of university-based research.

IRIS member universities submit data to the institute and receive back reports focused on institutional research, governmental relations, and public communications.

IRIS produces interactive reports to illuminate the impact of universities’ research activities on the economy and career pathways of employees.

The IRIS dataset is a valuable asset for researchers in a variety of disciplines, capturing detailed data from nearly 400,000 awards representing more than 41% of U.S. total R & D spending at univerisities.

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