[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 193 (Wednesday, October 5, 2011)]
[Page 61714]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-25732]



National Institutes of Health

Proposed Collection; Comment Request; STAR METRICS (Science and 
Technology for America's Reinvestment: Measuring the EffecTs of 
Research on Innovation, Competitiveness and Science)

SUMMARY: In compliance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of 
the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, for opportunity for public comment 
on proposed data collection projects, the Office of the Director of the 
National Institutes of Health (NIH) will publish periodic summaries of 
proposed projects to be submitted to the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) for review and approval.
    Proposed Collection: Title: STAR METRICS (Science and Technology 
for America's Reinvestment: Measuring the EffecTs of Research on 
Innovation, Competitiveness and Science). Type of Information 
Collection Request: Reinstatement of OMB number 0925-0616, expiration 
date 01/31/2011. Need and Use of Information Collection: The aim of 
STAR METRICS is twofold. The goal of STAR METRICS is to continue to 
provide mechanisms that will allow participating universities and 
Federal agencies with a reliable and consistent means to account for 
the number of scientists and staff that are on research institution 
payrolls, supported by Federal funds. In subsequent generations of the 
program, it is hoped that STAR METRICS will allow for measurement of 
science impact on economic outcomes (such as job creation), on 
knowledge generation (such as citations and patents) as well as on 
social and health outcomes. Frequency of Response: Quarterly. Affected 
Public: Universities and other research institutions. Type of 
Respondents: University administrators. The annual reporting burden is 
as follows: Estimated Number of Respondents: 100. Estimated Number of 
Responses per Respondent: 4. Average Burden Hours per Response: 2.5. 
Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours Requested: 1,315. The annualized 
cost to respondents is estimated to be $65,750. There are no Capital 
Costs to report. There are no Operating or Maintenance Costs to report.

                                      A.12-1 Estimates Annual Burden Hours
                                                                                    Average time
                       Form                           Number of     Frequency of    per response    Annual hour
                                                     respondents      response       (in hours)       burden
Stage 1: One time data input.....................               7               1           45               315
Stage 2: Ongoing quarterly data input............             100               4            2.5            1000
    Total........................................  ..............  ..............  .............           1,315

    Request for Comments: Written comments and/or suggestions from the 
public and affected agencies are invited on one or more of the 
following points: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of the function of the agency, 
including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) The 
accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed 
collection of information, including the validity of the methodology 
and assumptions used; (3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and 
clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Ways to minimize 
the burden of the collection of information on those who are to 
respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, 
mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms 
of information technology.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request more information on the 
proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and 
instruments, contact Dr. Julia Lane, e-mail: [email protected].
    Comments Due Date: Comments regarding this information collection 
are best assured of having their full effect if received within 60 days 
of the date of this publication.

    Dated: September 27, 2011.
Stefano Bertuzzi,
Office of the Director, Office of Science Policy Analysis, Office of 
Science Policy, National Institutes of Health.
[FR Doc. 2011-25732 Filed 10-4-11; 8:45 am]