The U.S. National Science Foundation Research Coordination Network (RCN) program broke new ground in funding the development of new research communities of practice. This assessment of RCN supports the conclusion that networking activity was increased for a sample set of projects compared to a control group. Journal articles resulting from RCN support score as highly interdisciplinary. Moreover, those articles appear as notably influential, being published in high impact journals and being highly cited. The RCN program does indeed seem to be fostering new biological science research networks.
Author(s): Porter, A.L., Garner, J., Crowl, T.
Organization(s): Georgia Institute of Technology, Search Technology, Inc., Utah State University
Source: BioScience, Vol. 62, No. 3, March 2012