STAR METRICS™ - Science and Technology for America's Reinvestment: Measuring the Effect of Research on Innovation, Competitiveness and Science, is a multi-agency venture led by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

The STAR METRICS project is a partnership between science agencies and research institutions to document the outcomes of science investments to the public. The benefits of STAR METRICS are that a common empirical infrastructure will be available to all recipients of federal funding and science agencies to quickly respond to State, Congressional and OMB requests. It is critical that this effort takes a bottom up approach that is domain specific, generalizable and replicable.

On Nov 12 2013, the STAR METRICS Interagency Working Group organized a workshop on STAR METRICS Level I (jobs reporting). The workshop was conducted at Building 45 (Balcony A) on the NIH Campus. Click here to view the STAR METRICS Level I Workshop. The workshop was videocast live and an archived copy is available here http://www.videocast.nih.gov/summary.asp?live=13314. Follow up comments from participants are welcomed and should be sent to starmetrics@mail.nih.gov.

See Press Release (pdf) May 28, 2010.

Participants may join Level I at any time however they must be engaged in Level I to participate in Level II. For more information about how to join STAR METRICS, please go to the Participation Guide. A brief description of the two levels of the STAR METRICS project is as follows:

  • Level I: Developing uniform, auditable and standardized measures of the impact of science spending (ARRA and non-ARRA) on job creation, using data from research institutions’ existing database records. No personally identifiable information (PII) is collected in Level I.
  • Level II: Developing measures of the impact of federal science investment on scientific knowledge (using metrics such as publications and citations), social outcomes (e.g. health outcomes measures and environmental impact factors), workforce outcomes (e.g. student mobility and employment), and economic growth (e.g. tracing patents, new company start-ups and other measures). Data elements that will be collected in Level II will be collectively determined in consultation with Institutions that have joined Level I.

Please Note: This site is updated frequently based on suggestions from participating research institutions. Comments and suggestions are welcome.

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