NSF Grant Awarded for "Indicators of Technological Emergence"

Extensive ways to measure research and development activity exist, but there is a gap in being able to measure frontier research topics. This project, Alan L. Porter, Jan Youtie, Philip Shapira, and Stephen Carley will develop new indicators of technological emergence to support researchers, research managers, businesses, and others in identifying key topics at the frontiers of science and technology. Distinguishing cutting edge research and development activities can inform strategy development and reveal new opportunities. Being able to measure emergent topics additionally enables sharper research program assessment. Indicators of which countries, organizations, or individuals are contributing most to advances in a given domain provide vital competitive technical intelligence. The project's new technological emergence indicators focus on frontier contributions to complement general science, technology, and innovation indicators. We formulate a suite of indicators, develop software routines to calculate them, and devise reports and visualizations to communicate to different audiences, including researchers, managers, and policy makers.

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