EU/U.S. Roadmap to measuring the results of investments in science: the Bellagio Statement: a report following the “EU/US Science of Science Policy” Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Workshop, 27 June – 30 June 2011

Bertuzzi, Stefano; Brandtner, Thomas; Cook, Lisa; Cunningham, Patrick; Foster, Ian; Freeman, Richard; Gutierrez-Cortines, Cristina; Holland, Michael; Hope, Cynthia; Kirrane, Declan; Koizumi, Kei; Kotsis, Gabrielle; Krzyzanowska, Anna; Kuroda, Masahiro; Lane, Julia; Little, Stephen; Lium, Erik; Oar, Luis Martin; Reeve, Neville; Robinson, David; Samors, Robert; Sedwick, Susan; Seligman, Richard; Silverman, Bernard; Smith, Toby; Valdez, Bill; van Nes, Pieter; Wilcox, Robb; Wood, John and Zatloukal, Kurt (2011). EU/U.S. Roadmap to measuring the results of investments in science: the Bellagio Statement: a report following the “EU/US Science of Science Policy” Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Workshop, 27 June – 30 June 2011. ISC Intelligence, Brussels.

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Abstract

Public and private investments in science and technology (S&T) have significantly increased over the past decades in Europe and the United States. The results have been transformative – ushering in the telecommunications and internet revolutions; providing better access to food, water, and shelter; improving health care; combating environmental degradation and climate change; and helping to inform policies to promote social and economic security.
It is essential that these investments continue to create value for the public. Indeed, national governments are increasingly asking complex and probing questions regarding the effects of their investments; they want transparency and accountability for the spending of taxpayers’ money; and they want their decisions regarding investments in science to be informed by data-driven analyses. Now more than ever before, the science community must explain and justify the spending on publicly-funded research. While it is clear that research pays off in general, there is great skepticism about both the marginal value of spending, and the chosen investment targets. There is a clear requirement to ensure greater effectiveness and efficiency in the use of public research funding; reduce the reporting burden on scientists; and to exploit the enormous analytical power generated by advances in information technology.
Experts from the European Union and the United States met at the Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio, Italy, to examine these issues. The task at hand should not be underestimated. Although the potential return from this work is enormous, the scale of the challenge of developing these new ideas into workable solutions for policy makers is also very significant. Despite the major strides already made in the U.S. through the National Science Foundation’s Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program and the interagency STAR METRICS program, a shared approach with other nations would certainly both accelerate progress and implementation.
The purpose of the Bellagio conference was to explore the formation of a mutually beneficial multi-national collaboration in documenting the results of investments in science. The group believes science today is a global activity. Scientists and engineers collaborate across borders, move across borders and the benefits of their research know no borders. Expansion beyond current measurement systems could both broaden and deepen participation in science.

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  • science policy; STAR METRICS; science and technology investment; United States; European Union
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