Jason Owen-Smith

Jason Owen-SmithThe current funding crunch is threatening the health of the nation’s research enterprise. But an equally important threat is the lack of understanding of “where science dollars really go or how research actually works,” according to ISR researcher Jason Owen-Smith. In a Sept. 19 opinion piece in CQ Roll Call, Owen-Smith and colleague Julia Lane called for greater and more insightful scrutiny of the research process. “Science funding isn’t likely to be stable until science agencies find the will and way to provide evidence on whether the current national investments are too low or too high,” the researchers wrote. “They also need to ensure that the funds the U.S. spends on research are being wisely allocated.” Owen-Smith and Lane called on federal agencies to adopt more meaningful approaches to science reporting and to demand modern tools to understand “how science funding works and generates results.”