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Evaluation of the Minerva Research Initiative

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The Minerva Research Initiative is a Department of Defense (DoD) social science grant program that funds unclassified basic research relevant to national security. The goal of the program is to make use of the intellectual capital of university-based social scientists to inform understanding of issues important to DoD and the broader national security community. Evaluation of the Minerva Research Initiative discusses the program's successes and challenges over its first decade of operation, and highlights ways to strengthen the program’s foundations and take advantage of opportunities for broadening its reach and usefulness.


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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Evaluation of the Minerva Research Initiative. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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158 pages | 6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-309-49428-1

Table of Contents

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Front Matter i-xii
Summary 1-4
1 Introduction 5-20
2 Overview of the Committee's Information-Gathering Activities 21-34
3 Processes of the Minerva Program 35-50
4 Research Supported by the Minerva Program: Quantity and Quality 51-66
5 Direction and Vision of the Minerva Program 67-78
References 79-81
Appendix A-1: 2017 Preliminary Federal Obligations for Basic Research, by Agency and Field of Science and Engineering (dollars in thousands) 82-83
Appendix A-2: 2016 Federal Obligations for Basic Research Performed at Universities and Colleges in Social Sciences, by Selected Agency and Detailed Field (dollars in thousands) 84-84
Appendix B: Minerva Research Topics in Grant Announcements Issued between 2008 and 2018 85-88
Appendix C: List of Minerva Grant Awards between 2009 and 2017 89-96
Appendix D: Interview Protocol for Individual Interviews with Current and Former Minerva Research Initiative Staff 97-99
Appendix E: Survey of Minerva Grantees 100-110
Appendix F: Survey of Administrators of Sponsored Research 111-120
Appendix G: Individuals Who Provided Input during the Committee's Public Meetings 121-121
Appendix H: Output Categories and Coding Notes 122-122
Appendix I: Publications and Presentations by Year (rounded to nearest whole number) 123-124
Appendix J-1: Impact Metrics of Journals in Which Minerva Principal Investigators Reported Publishing 125-132
Appendix J-2: Journals without Journal-Level Impact Factor Scores in Which Minerva Principal Investigators Published 133-133
Appendix K: Field-Weighted Citation Impact of Publications Reported by Principal Investigators 134-138
Appendix L: Universities with Minerva Grants: Classification of Research Institution Type Based on Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education 139-141
Appendix M: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members and Staff 142-146

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