Physics education research funding census

Charles Henderson, Ramón Barthelemy, Noah Finkelstein, Jose Mestre

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


It is important for a research community, such as Physics Education Research (PER), to understand how much funding it receives and where this funding comes from. During spring 2011, US-based members of the PER community were asked to respond to a web survey to identify funding that supports their research. Results indicate that the total funding base for PER from 2006-2010 (inclusive) is at least 262 grants worth a total of $72.5M. Most (75%) of the funding for PER comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and most of the NSF funding is through the NSF Directorate for Education and Human Resources. Very little PER work is funded through the Education and Interdisciplinary Research (EIR) Program that is housed within the NSF Division of Physics, nor is there significant funding from the US Department of Education. Although funding supports work at all levels of physics instruction, by far the largest amount of funding goes to support work at the introductory undergraduate level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2011 Physics Education Research Conference
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event2011 Physics Education Research Conference - Omaha, NE, United States
Duration: Aug 3 2011Aug 4 2011

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


Other2011 Physics Education Research Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOmaha, NE


  • funding
  • physics education research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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