Measuring the Economic Value of Research: The Case of Food Safety

NCFAP participated in a two-year Federal Grant Analysis Project with the America Institutes for Research.  The outcome was a book that was published through Cambridge University Press.

Measuring the Economic Value of Research: The Case of Food Safety explores the intersection of food safety and accountability in science.  The scientific advances that underpin economic growth and human health would not be possible without research investments. Yet demonstrating the impact of research programs is a challenge, especially in areas that span disciplines, industrial sectors, and encompass both public and private sector activity. All areas of research are under pressure to demonstrate benefits from federal funding of research. This exciting and innovative study demonstrates new methods and tools to trace the impact of federal research funding on the structure of research, and the subsequent economic activities of funded researchers. The case study is food safety research, which is critical to avoiding outbreaks of disease. The authors make use of an extraordinary new data infrastructure and apply new techniques in text analysis. Focusing on the impact of US federal food safety research, this book develops vital data-intensive methodologies that have a real world application to many other scientific fields.

The book is available for purchase from: 

Cambridge University Press

Barnes & Noble