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Industries of Ideas: University Advisory Board

Industries of Ideas: A prototype system for measuring the effects of TIP investments on firms and jobs is an NSF-funded project to develop a new, data-driven way to measure the economic impact of federal investments in research and technology.

Stakeholders need to measure the effects of investments in emerging technologies on jobs and economies, but current data systems are not able to clearly identify emerging technologies and fields or to establish what industries they matter for. The Industries of Ideas solution focuses on the people who are trained in research and the skills they carry into the workforce to identify employers involved in emerging industries and jobs at the forefront of these industries.

This project will develop people-centric methods for following the movement of ideas from investments in research into the marketplace. This is done by identifying businesses that employ people with deep skills in emerging technology areas and developing early, never-before-available indicators that can provide alerts associated with potential impacts on current and future workforce.

The university advisory board, drawn from the members of SSRC’s College and University Fund for the Social Sciences and IRIS, will ensure that the data infrastructure enables universities to more accurately document the contributions of their research efforts to states’ economic development, and to secure additional research funding in emerging technologies.




Gloria Waters
Vice President and Associate Provost for Research; Professor of Speech, Language and hearing Sciences

Steve Wray
Executive Director, Block Center for Technology and Society

Jorge Guzman
Gantcher Associate Professor of Business

John de Figueiredo
Russell M. Robinson II Professor of Law, Strategy, and Economics, Duke Law School and Fuqua School of Business

Barbara Krauthamer
Dean, Emory College of Arts and Sciences

Katie Crawford
Senior Director of Enterprise Data Management

Gordon Hanson
Peter Wertheim Professor in Urban Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Tony Armstrong
President and CEO, IU Ventures; Assistant Vice President, Office of the Vice President for Government Relations and Economic Engagement
Lingxin Hao
Benjamin H. Griswold III Professor of Public Policy and Sociology; Scientific Core Director, Hopkins Population Center
Thomas Glasmacher
Director, Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) Laboratory; University Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Alexandra Wesnousky
Assistant Director, Research Development and Analysis, Office of Research Development
Cynthia Carnes
Senior Associate Vice President for Research Operations; Professor of Outcomes and Translational Sciences, College of Pharmacy
Dean Gerstein
Director of Sponsored Research
David Reingold
Senior Vice President for Policy Planning; Justin S. Morrill Dean of the College of Liberal Arts; Professor of Sociology
Michael E. Zwick
Senior Vice President for Research
Roisin O’Sullivan
Professor of Economics
Catherine Norris
Associate Dean of the Faculty for Academic Programs & Research; Associate Professor of Psychology
Pramod Khargonekar
Vice Chancellor for Research; Distinguished Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Julian Betts
Professor, Department of Economics; Executive Director, San Diego Education Research Alliance
Sarah Thébaud
Professor of Sociology
William Greenland
Assistant Provost for Institutional Analysis
Aaron Clauset
Professor of Computer Science

Shaowen Wang
Associate Dean for Life and Physical Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Professor of Geography and Geographic Information Science

Baron Wolf
Assistant Vice President for Research & Director of Research Analytics, Office of the Vice President for Research

John Robert Warren
Director of the Institute for Social Research and Data Innovation; Professor of Sociology

Scott Whittenburg
Vice President for Research and Creative Scholarship; President, Accelerate Montana

Jim Slattery
Associate Vice President for Research Operations

Emily Hannum
Associate Dean for Social Sciences; Stanley I. Sheerr Term Professor in the Social Sciences

Michael Colaresi
Associate Vice Provost for Data Science; William S. Dietrich II Professor of Political Science

William Deverell
Divisional Dean for the Social Sciences; Professor of History, Spatial Sciences and Environmental Studies

Nikki Delk
Assistant Vice President for Research Development, Office of Research and Innovation; Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

Vonda Durrer
Associate Dean for Social Sciences; Stanley I. Sheerr Term Professor in the Social Sciences

Lawrence M. Berger
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research in the Social Sciences; Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Social Work

Randy Heflin
Senior Associate Vice President, Research and Innovation; Professor of Physics

Deanna Barch
Vice Dean of Research, Faculty of Arts & Sciences; Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Ezemenari Obasi
Vice President for Research

Michael Crair
Vice President for Research; William Ziegler III Professor, Departments of Neuroscience and Ophthalmology & Visual Science


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the goal of the Industries of Ideas project?

The goal is to develop a prototype system to directly measure the effects of research investments on firms and jobs. The National Science Foundation’s Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (TIP) Directorate is funding the prototype to test the potential of securely combining university and state data to measure the economic impacts of federal investments in two important technologies: artificial intelligence and electric vehicles.

Why are universities involved?

TIP has asked the project to prepare detailed plans for expansion that include a report on university needs and priorities. There are three dimensions to expansion: Scale expansions will bring new universities and states into the initiative. Scope expansions will broaden the project to include new kinds of data and measures. Technology expansions will broaden the project to include other emerging technologies, including those technologies identified in the CHIPS and Science Act.

How can my university benefit from participation in the Industries of Ideas project?

The project will produce high-profile evidence for federal and state decision makers about the economic value of university-based research. Your participation will:

  • ensure that the measures are rigorous and scientifically valid;
  • inform the development of tools that demonstrate the impact of your university’s research on national, regional, and local economies;
  • support your university’s legislative affairs and economic development staff in their state and federal outreach;
  • lay the groundwork for your university’s participation in any future expansion.
What is the specific time commitment?

University advisory board members are asked to:

  1. Attend at least one webinar. Webinars will demonstrate prototype data products and request your feedback on content, usability and needed additions. We will provide early access to prototype products to allow you time to “test drive” them yourself. Open virtual feedback sessions will be scheduled for those who cannot attend the webinars. While there is no expectation that you will produce written feedback, your input will help shape the final product in whatever form you choose to share it.
  2. Participate in a small working group (optional). 3-4 working groups will be established to identify university priorities for the project’s potential expansion. Possible topics include: Economic Impact and Jobs Measures, Higher Education Capacity & Research Measures, Specific Technology Areas (AI & EV), and Needs for Research & Evaluation. We will finalize working group topics with advisory board feedback. The groups will provide input into a “University Priorities” report for TIP. That report will be written by the project team using the model of a NASEM or AAAS report; you will have the opportunity to review the report.
  3. Outreach to the scientific community on campus and nationally (optional). Outreach will help to inform any follow-on expansion. We will provide you with materials and project documents for relevant audiences and support your outreach efforts.
What is the project’s timeline?

This is a three-year project that will produce prototype data and products primarily in Year 1 and Year 2. Year 3 is dedicated to outreach and preparation for expansion.

  • Alpha Dashboard and Feedback – May, 2024
  • Beta Dashboard and Feedback – September/October, 2024
  • Final Dashboard and Feedback – March, 2025
  • University Priorities Report Draft – Summer, 2025
How can my institution prepare to participate if the project expands?

Your university can prepare to participate in a potential project expansion by informing relevant campus colleagues about the project and by joining the Institute for Research on Innovation & Science (IRIS). Submitting data to the IRIS platform and making effective use of the products the IRIS consortium produces for its members will position your institution to participate quickly in a potential project expansion by ensuring that your clean, integrated data are available for inclusion, that appropriate legal agreements allow its use, and that on-campus mechanisms for data and report access enable your institution to benefit from participation.


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