Reports & Products

IRIS is a national initiative creating new, independent statistical evidence about the economic impact of research. Our reports help member institutions document the economic impact of scientific research, manage their research portfolios, and inform outreach to federal and state stakeholders.

Focusing on sponsored research spending for each member institution, this report details individuals paid on research funds, highlights the funders that provide the support, and shows national and regional distribution of research spending.

This partial demonstration of an IRIS Spending Report shows individuals paid by research grants at all IRIS member universities, from faculty, staff and administrators to graduate and undergraduate students and employment patterns of federal research awards. The full version of this report, available to IRIS members, also contains maps showing the distribution of research spending to vendors by county and congressional district, and benchmarking information. To see an example based on the fictional “IRIS University,” download this full but non-interactive version (pdf).



Using Census-linked data, this report presents information on the employment and earnings of research-trained employees, allowing tracking of the flow of people from IRIS member institutions into the economy.

The IRIS Employee Profile Report displays the geographic locations in which research-trained employees of a particular university find work, the employment sectors in which they find work after leaving a university, and their earnings. 

Institution-specific versions are available to IRIS members. For example, download a full but non-interactive version based on the fictional “IRIS University” (pdf).

The interactive examples below represent data aggregated from all IRIS members.

Using member data linked to public and private datasets, this report shows the volume, locations, and ownership of vendors providing goods and services purchased with research dollars.

The IRIS Vendor Profile Report contains information on the amount of research funding spent with vendors owned by women and minorities, and classified as small businesses. The report also details which industries benefit from research contracts, including information on average wages and company size compared to the national average.

University-specific reports are available to member institutions. For example, see this non-interactive version based on the fictional “IRIS University.” (pdf)

The examples below represent data aggregated from all IRIS members.

NOTE: To see a full but non-interactive version of this report, download this PDF.

USING IRIS REPORTS

Externally-facing strategies

Most IRIS members have told us they use IRIS data reports for externally-facing stakeholders, such as legislators and other policymakers. They provide these data as part of their overall strategy of institutional analytics, using IRIS data to tell their stories to demonstrate the value and impact of research and education on their campuses.

Internally-facing strategies

IRIS members also use their reports in a variety of ways on their campuses. Many use IRIS reports to help make data-driven decisions around research administration issues.  Others use them to connect to and learn from campus constituents who have an interest in understanding their institution’s social and economic impact. The reports are shared with institutional leadership, from institute directors to deans to presidential speechwriters to governing bodies.

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