Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges. The committee determined the remaining contacts, including representatives of medium to large companies. The survey was sent to every tenth name on awardee and nonrecipient (declined at least twice) lists.

Questions formulated by the committee were mailed by the NRI to awardees and nonrecipients in August 1998 (see appendix B). The National Research Council staff mailed the survey to the remaining groups. Those surveyed were asked to select from among the given responses and were also encouraged to provide additional written comments. Replies were collated by the staff, and the committee reviewed the responses, evaluated the results, and summarized recommendations from those surveyed. Although the survey is not statistically representative of the NRI applicant and awardee populations, the large number of respondents is indicative of the views of those with experience with the NRI.

Response Rates and General Themes

Table A2–1 presents the response rates of all surveyed groups that were tracked in the survey (for example, researchers at federal laboratories were included among NRI awardees and nonrecipients, not tracked as a separate group). The survey had a response rate of at least 50 % for three of the four groups, industry was the exception. Table A2–2 breaks down the response rates for recipients and nonrecipients by NRI program area.

TABLE A2–1 Response Rate by Group Surveyed

Group Surveyed

No. Sent

No. Received

Response Rate, %

Awardees

203

141

69.5

Nonrecipients

102

51

50.0

Land Grant Institutions

85

60

70.6

Industry

142

37

26.1

Total

532

289

54.3



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