Volume 87 Issue 18 | pp. 40-42
Issue Date: May 4, 2009

Improving Federal Science

Plans are under way to create a more formal science of science policy
Department: Government & Policy, Science & Technology

IT STARTED WITH an appeal from President George W. Bush's science adviser, John H. Marburger III, in the spring of 2005 for the development of a better way for the federal government to make research funding decisions. Marburger said there was a need for a "science of science policy"—that is, a way to use data collection, theory testing, and other scientific methods to analyze science policy decisions, including where federal agencies invest their research and . . .

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