The Cost of Basic Research Effort
Air Force Experience, 1954-1964
It has long been apparent that the costs of basic research have been increasing. The extent, however, of the increases and their incidence among the several elements of cost, the various scientific fields, and the different types of research organization, have largely been matters of conjecture. Thus, it has been difficult to discover the real level of research effort financed by the USAF Office of Aerospace Research, Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) from year to year, or to determine what level of funding would be required for any given desired scale of effort. This study is a first attempt to provide information, useful for planning and budgeting, on the costs of accomplishing basic research projects financed by the AFOSR during FY 1954-1964.