The University's Entry Fee to Federal Research Programs

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Science  07 Jan 1983:
Vol. 219, Issue 4580, pp. 27-32
DOI: 10.1126/science.219.4580.27


The university pays for its benefits from a federally financed project with its own investments in the faculty scientist and not, as is often assumed, by its absorption of project costs that are not reimbursed by the government. An analysis of the exchange of resources between the university, the scientist, the discipline, and the government shows, however, that by absorbing costs the institution gains acceptance as a host for federal research. Funds for this ticket of admission are drawn away from several groups on the campus. In exploring whether there should be such an entry fee, the pragmatic response of the National Commission on Research is considered.