Accession Number : ADA141784

Title :   Studies of U.S. Universities' Research Equipment Needs Inconclusive.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC RESOURCES COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIV

PDF Url : ADA141784

Report Date : 03 Apr 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 23

Abstract : In 1982, various scientific leaders estimated that the cost to update university research equipment was between $1 billion and $4 billion. Because of this large cost variance, GAO was requested to assess how well past studies have defined the nationwide deficiency in university research equipment and to suggest what other work is needed to better determine equipment needs. GAO examined five completed studies that described the status of university equipment needs and two such studies which are still in progress. Although each completed study stated that universities have had a substantial need for equipment, none of these studies can be used to determine current needs. This report analyzes studies and other relevant data to determine the causes and factors which influence universities' need for research equipment and identify and evaluate options for equipping university laboratories.

Descriptors :   *Research facilities, *Laboratory equipment, *Universities, *Scientific organizations, *Cost analysis, Deficiencies, Replacement, Reports, Literature surveys, Contract proposals, Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Engineering, Life sciences, Health, Computers, Environmental engineering, Management planning and control

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE