While traditional grants remain central in US federal support of academic scientists and engineers, the role of multidisciplinary NSF Centers is growing. Little is known about how funding through these Centers affects scientific output or (as is an NSF aim) increases academic collaboration with industry. This paper tests the use of CVs to examine how Center funding affects researchers' publication rates and their obtaining industry grants.

We find that CVs are indeed usable, but some ways of collecting them work much better than others, and that researchers who obtain Center grants are more likely to obtain grants from industry too, suggesting that this NSF aim is being met. We do not find that Centers improve publication rates.

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Monica Gaughan and Barry Bozeman are both at the Research Value Mapping Program, School of Public Policy, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA 30332, USA; Monica Gaughan tel: +1 404 385 2800; email: monica.gaughan@pubpolicy.gatech.edu; Barry Bozeman tel: +1 404 894 0093; email: barry.bozeman@pubpolicy.gatech.edu