Performance Improvement 2003. National Center for Research Resources


Scientific and Engineering Research Facilities

This report consists of a collection of tables prepared biennially through the National Science Foundation’s congressionally mandated Survey of Scientific and Engineering Research Facilities (Facilities survey). The survey originated in 1986 in response to Congress’ concern about the state of research facilities at the Nation’s colleges and universities. The survey was sent to research-performing colleges and universities in the United States. Research-performing colleges and universities are defined as meeting one of three criteria: (1) offer doctorates in S&E fields, (2) report at least $150,000 in research and development (R&D) expenditures for fiscal year 2000, and (3) are an Historically Black College or University with an R&D expenditure. The survey was also sent to nonprofit biomedical research organizations. The 2001 survey was mailed to academic institutions in April of 2001 and data collection ended on July 24, 2001.

Of the 580 eligible institutions, 90 percent returned surveys.

FEDERAL CONTACT: Jeff Sussman 301-496-5617

PIC ID: 6863

PERFORMER: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA


Survey of NIH-funded Investigators Who Use Nonhuman Primates: Report on Survey Findings

The Center commissioned the National Survey of Nonhuman Primate Research Use to learn about investigator access to nonhuman primate resources at the eight Regional Primate Research Centers (RPRCs) and to assess current and future nonhuman primate needs. Humanitas Incorporated, the survey contractor, conducted the survey from June through September 2001 via the Internet and used mail and telephone follow-up procedures. The survey queried investigators who were identified in NIH databases as having been awarded NIH funds in FY99 for research nonhuman primates. The survey found that: (1) nonhuman primate survey findings can promote understanding of RPRC access and nonhuman primate needs; (2) RPRCs provided access to valuable nonhuman primate resources – all investigators who used an RPRC gave the highest satisfaction ratings possible to the quality of the nonhuman primate resources (freedom of animals and specimens from disease) and to the availability of desired services (specimens, animal services, and collaborative consultations); (3) obtaining nonhuman primate resources was challenging – especially regarding animal-, species- and characteristics-specificity; (4) rhesus macaques were most often used and most needed, more than half of responding investigators needed rhesus macaques for their research in the next three years; and (5) respondents recommended increasing the availability of nonhuman primates and improving nonhuman primate allocation systems.

FEDERAL CONTACT: Patricia Newman, 301-435-0864 PIC ID: 7639

PERFORMER: Humanitas, Inc., Silver Spring, MD

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