National Survey of Academic Researchers (NSAR)

The National Survey of Academic Researchers (NSAR) is a longitudinal panel survey examining how professors at U.S. universities conduct their research. Under the direction of Professors Kyle Myers and Karim R. Lakhani of Harvard Business School, this survey will provide important insights into how researchers allocate their time, funding, and research goals. This information will illuminate key areas of the scientific production function. As a longitudinal panel survey, this instrument will be redistributed in order to capture research changes over time. Funding for this project is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

For more information about Harvard Business School, LISH, and/or the project researchers, please visit the links above and view the "Team" section at the bottom of this page.

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Links to Previous Papers: 

In April 2020, LISH researchers conducted a survey examining the impact of COVID-19 on scientific productivity. The results of this survey were published in Nature Human Behavior in July 2020. The paper can be viewed here.

A second survey was conducted in January 2021. The results of this investigation were published in Nature Communications in October 2021 and can be found here.

Team