Federal funding of doctoral recipients: What can be learned from linked data

Wan Ying Chang, Wei Cheng, Julia Lane, Bruce Weinberg

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This technical note describes the results of a pilot approach to link administrative and survey data to better describe the richness and complexity of the research enterprise. In particular, we demonstrate how multiple funding channels can be studied by bringing together two disparate datasets: UMETRICS, which is based on university payroll and financial records, and the Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED), which is one of the most important US survey datasets about the doctoral workforce. We show how it is possible to link data on research funding and the doctorally qualified workforce to describe how many individuals are supported in different disciplines and by different agencies. We outline the potential for more work as the UMETRICS data expands to incorporate more linkages and more access is provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1487-1492
Number of pages6
JournalResearch Policy
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jul 2019


  • Doctoral workforce
  • Linked survey transaction data
  • Research impact
  • Survey of earned doctorates

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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