Gathering information on the state of U.S. science and engineering research facilities

The Challenge 

Every 2 years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) surveys U.S. colleges and universities that spent at least $1 million in research and development the prior fiscal year (FY). The Survey of Science and Engineering Research Facilities collects data on the amount of science and engineering research space and the condition of research facilities; current, planned, and deferred renovation and construction projects; and computing and networking capacities.

Westat is again conducting the survey for NSF. Under earlier contracts, Westat conducted the first three surveys beginning in 1986. Between 2001 and 2003, Westat assisted NSF in redesigning the survey. Since then, Westat has conducted the FY 2003, 2005, and 2009 through 2013 surveys. In addition, Westat assisted NSF on a number of tasks for the FY 2007 survey cycle.

Our Solutions 

  • Westat is
    • Identifying and recruiting coordinators at each institution who collect the information and report their findings using a web-based questionnaire that we developed
    • Following up through phone calls and email to resolve any remaining questions
    • Processing the data and preparing tables and reports on the results
    • Creating a comprehensive data repository

The Results 

  • Congress, higher education associations, state governments, academia, and architectural and engineering firms use the data collected by the survey for a wide variety of purposes, such as benchmarking, planning, and analysis.

Our Client 

National Science Foundation (NSF)