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Comparing methods of allocating expenditures from research institutes to instructional departments

Since 2002, ODA has allocated research expenditures from institutes to instructional departments. The method A was used up until 2006. Method B was used first in the May 2007 posting, applied to all years FY 2000 - 20006.

Method A

  • Allocated money out of the research institutes only.
  • Based on a list of faculty members in the institute, with expenditures allocated proportionately. Researchers in the institutes not in an instructional department did not get factored in.
  • 100% of all expenditures were allocated out of the institutes.
  • Example: An institute has 50 researchers, 10 of whom are faculty members in an instructional department. Seven are in psychology, two in sociology and one in history. The institute had $20 million in research expenditures. Therefore, $14 million gets allocated to psychology (since 70% of the faculty members are in psychology), $4 million to sociology and $1 million to history.

Method B

  • Allocating money out of the research institutes AND administrative units (i.e. academic affairs)
  • Based on the tenure department of the principal investigator (PI) on an individual project. The money is not allocated if the PI of a project is NOT rostered in a tenure department. Therefore, not all of the money is being allocated out of the institutes and administrative units. For FY 2006 51% of the $153 million expenditures in research institutes and administrative units was allocated; 49% was not. PIs not in tenure departments are generally research associates, senior RAs, or research professors rostered only in institutes.
  • Multiple PIs are also accounted for. An individual project could have money going to two different departments. However, there are not many projects listed with multiple PIs.
  • Example: The tenure department of the PI in a project in an institute is psychology. All of the research expenditures for that project are being allocated to psychology.

Comparison of the methods

  • Method B leaves about half of research-institute expenditures unallocated, while Method A allocates 100%. It is surely unrealistic to say that 100% of institute expenditures 'really' have some connection to a single academic or instructional department. However, it may be that much of the funding unallocated in Method B is actually connected with one of more academic departments. We just cannot tell.
  • Method B is of course entirely determined by who is listed as PI and what the listed tenure-locus department is of those individuals. The allocation for Electrical and Computer Engineering for FY 2003-04 is $2.9 million with method A, $20.9 million with method B because Susan Avery was director of CIRES and PI on very large CIRES grants, with tenure locus in Electrical and Computer Engineering. To the extent that many other researchers were active under those grants, from several departments, the Method B allocation is unrealistic.
  • All in all, neither method is very good. All postings show both allocated and unallocated/raw/direct expenditures. Use the allocated at your own risk.

The tables below compare methods A & B for research expenditures from FY 2003-04

OCG Name ODA Dept
Allocated expenditures
- Method A
Allocated expenditures
- Method B
Art and Art History AAAH   2,421
Anthropology ANTH 241,212 316,023
Applied Mathematics Program APPM 221,309  
APS - Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences APS 29,858,529 4,564,618
Aerospace Engineering ASEN 4,518,461 732,699
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (PAOS) ATOC 13,483,428 1,037,468
School of Business (Leeds) BADM   65,853
Chemistry and Biochemistry CHEM 8,400,710 1,373,910
Computer Science CSCI 1,331,653 437,408
Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering CVEN 3,660,998 943,656
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology EBIO 6,705,711 2,643,683
Electrical and Computer Engineering ECEN 2,928,498 20,927,047
Economics ECON 1,447,271 75,985
School of Education EDUC 532,661 477,907
Environmental Studies ENVS 1,464,249 83,943
Geography GEOG 6,456,345 936,264
Geological Sciences GEOL 16,600,206 4,269,519
History HIST   20,375
Integrative Physiology IPHY 607,107 1,032,234
School of Law LAWS 241,212  
Linguistics LING 665,826 1,849,953
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB) MCDB 2,071,356 835,047
Mechanical Engineering MCEN   15,595
Philosophy PHIL 399,496 7,264
Physics PHYS 13,256,148 15,471,849
Political Science PSCI 723,636 388,763
Psychology PSYC 9,981,278 4,671,496
Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences (SLHS) SLHS 399,496 15,524
Sociology SOCY 2,894,542 5,163,242

Department by institute tables: Method A   Method B

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Run Date 05/29/2007 -- L:\datalib\Depts\Rsrch\

Last revision 05/02/16

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