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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – The in RTP will launch a postdoctoral research program after having secured a $750,209 grant from the National Science Foundation.

The group will work with the NSF Division of Science Resource Statistics on the program.

The funding is for two years. Two postdoctoral fellows will be hired and work at the NISS headquarters.

The new NISS program is part of an NSF plan to “provide a central clearinghouse for the collection, interpretation, and analysis of data on scientific and engineering resources, and to provide a source of information for policy formulation by other agencies of the Federal Government.”

Alan Karr, director of NISS and the principal investigator on the grant; will work with the postdoctoral fellows along Paul Biemer, Distinguished Fellow in Statistics at RTI International, and Jerome Reiter, Associate Professor of Statistical Sciences at Duke University; as well as NSF SRS personnel.

“The research emphases—longitudinal surveys, model-based methods, capturing and coping with dynamics, creating research datasets and a set of persistent issues such as nonresponse and survey costs—are challenging from theoretical, methodological and implementation perspectives,” Karr said in a statement. “The continued vitality of the scientific workforce is essential to U.S. competitiveness in a global economy. These studies will help us have more insight as to where that workforce is headed in the future.”

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