Major Accomplishments: The 9th Annual Report, NIMBioS Edition

NIMBioS’ 9th annual reporting period to the National Science Foundation, which largely funds the institute, recently concluded, and the 220-page report has been submitted to NSF. 

NSF requires its funded institutes to dig into the details as to the number of participants, countries from which they hale, and all kinds of other data. NSF also seeks to learn about our accomplishments (see box) and the impact of our activities (see box). 

The answers to these questions and much more can be found in our 9th annual report.

Here are a few snapshots from this year’s reporting period, which runs from September 2016 to August 2017 (projected):

  • NIMBioS hosted (or will host this summer) 18 meetings of 16 different Working Groups, three Investigative Workshops, three Tutorials, and five additional workshops.
  • There are projected to be more than 800 participants in NIMBioS-hosted activities during this period with 8 Postdoctoral Fellows in residence and 26 Short-term Visitors.
  • From September 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017, there were 589 participants from 19 countries and 42 U.S. states as well as the District of Columbia representing 187 different institutions.
  • International participants amounted to 14% of all participants.
  • Most participants were college or university faculty (50%), but undergraduates (10%), post-doctoral researchers (6%), and graduate students (5%) accounted for a significant fraction of participants.
  • Across all events female representation was 44%, and minority representation was near 18%. Representation of various minority categories was slightly above levels of minority representation for doctoral recipients in the biological sciences and the mathematical sciences.
  • While the majority of participants identify themselves as being in fields of biological/biomedical sciences and mathematical sciences, there are a number of participants from the social sciences, marine sciences, health sciences, education, engineering, and others.
  • A total of 446 NIMBioS-related products were reported for the period (includes journal articles, book chapters, books, conference papers and presentations, software or data products, grant requests, educational aids or curricula, meetings, workshops or symposiums, and other miscellaneous products/publications).
  • Affiliation with a NIMBioS Working Group was found to have a significant positive effect on participant collaboration activities (i.e. number of co-authors, number of international co-authors, number of cross institutional co-authors) and a moderate effect on publication activities (i.e. publishing in new fields).

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