Research and development facilities (1 - 8 of 8 items)
Technology Transfers: Benefits of Cooperative R&D Agreements
RCED-95-52: Published: Dec 16, 1994. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the benefits of federal agencies' engaging in cooperative research and development agreements (CRADA) with the private sector.GAO found that: (1) although all CRADA do not achieve the same level of benefit, collaborative research and development agreements can be valuable assets in the government's portfolio of technology transfer programs; (2) man...
Federal Research: Aging Federal Laboratories Need Repairs and Upgrades
RCED-93-203: Published: Sep 20, 1993. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the conditions of federal laboratory facilities, focusing on the: (1) effect of inadequate laboratory facilities on agencies' scientific productivity and research capabilities; and (2) funding needed to repair or upgrade these facilities.GAO found that: (1) 54 percent of federal laboratory space is over 30 years old and only 24 percent of federal l...
Federal Research: Status of DOE's Superconducting Super Collider
RCED-91-116: Published: Apr 15, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the status of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Superconducting Super Collider (SSC), focusing on the: (1) stability of DOE and SSC laboratory project management; (2) uncertainties related to the SSC site geology; (3) uncertainties and risks associated with magnet development and production; and (4) Texas' proposed contribution to the project's cost...
Better DOE Controls Needed Over Contractors' Discretionary R&D Funds
T-RCED-91-25: Published: Mar 19, 1991. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 1991.
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) management oversight of three multiprogram laboratories' discretionary research and development (R&D) activities. GAO noted that DOE: (1) had specific authority to approve laboratories' reasonable use of funds for discretionary R&D activities; (2) guidance was not clear enough to ensure that laboratories used discretionary R&D funds appropriately; (3)...
Federal Research: Super Collider Estimates and Germany's Industrially Produced Magnets
RCED-91-94FS: Published: Feb 12, 1991. Publicly Released: Feb 25, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided: (1) a chronological history of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Superconducting Super Collider's (SSC) cost estimates; (2) information on Germany's experience with industrially produced superconducting magnets for its Hadron Electron Ring Accelerator (HERA); and (3) information on the SSC approach to developing and producing superconducting magnet...
Federal Research: Determination of the Best Qualified Sites for DOE's Super Collider
RCED-89-18: Published: Jan 30, 1989. Publicly Released: Jan 30, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO assessed the process for determining the best-qualified sites for the superconducting super collider (SSC), specifically the: (1) composition of the site evaluation committee; (2) committee's use of the Department of Energy's (DOE) technical evaluation and cost criteria; (3) impact of the DOE decision not to have the committee make site visits; (4) commi...
National Science Foundation: Problems Found in Decision Process for Awarding Earthquake Center
RCED-87-146: Published: Jun 24, 1987. Publicly Released: Jul 6, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined the National Science Foundation's (NSF) procedures for awarding a cooperative agreement for an earthquake engineering research center (EERC) to determine whether: (1) the panelists that NSF chose exhibited favoritism for any proposal; (2) the panelists met NSF selection criteria for reviewers; and (3) problems existed with NSF management of the...
Studies of U.S. Universities' Research Equipment Needs Inconclusive
RCED-84-105: Published: Apr 3, 1984. Publicly Released: May 30, 1984.
In response to a congressional request, GAO analyzed studies and other relevant data to determine the factors which influence the nationwide university need for research equipment and identified and evaluated options for equipping university laboratories.GAO determined that none of the studies it examined provided a current estimate of the magnitude of nationwide university research equipment need...