How does NASA's funding compare to other space agencies' funding? How many papers are they publishing and how many US patents do they have? Compare different space agencies in terms of number of patents per dollar funded
number of research papers published per dollar funded
number of papers published in Science or Nature (or an equally reputed space studies journal) per dollar funded

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    $\begingroup$ You are asking for a great deal of research. None of this data is easily available. And you are asking it for several different agencies, too, and comparison among them. Have you done any research on this yourself? $\endgroup$
    – kim holder
    Apr 4, 2016 at 0:32
  • $\begingroup$ Have you tried browsing data.gov? I know, for example, that NASA budgetary and actual spending information is easily accessible there. Not as sure about volume of papers published. $\endgroup$
    – called2voyage
    Apr 4, 2016 at 15:25
  • $\begingroup$ I voted to close as "too broad". While a good question should not be immediately answerable via a quick browser search, a good question should not ask people to do untold amounts of research. $\endgroup$ Apr 4, 2016 at 19:53
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    $\begingroup$ Moreover, "papers published per dollars invested" is not a good metric of return on investment. Much of NASA's budget is devoted to areas where the subject material is ITAR-restricted; publication is strictly verboten. (Similar concepts apply to other space agencies.) $\endgroup$ Apr 4, 2016 at 19:58
  • $\begingroup$ @DavidHammen ITAR restriction is a good point that I didn't even bother to comment on. Also, I agree the question is too broad, but I'll leave it to the community to decide. $\endgroup$
    – called2voyage
    Apr 4, 2016 at 20:14


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