How Does National Scientific Funding Support Emerging Interdisciplinary Research: A Comparison Study of Big Data Research in the US and China

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Huang Y, Zhang Y, Youtie J, Porter AL, Wang X (2016) How Does National Scientific Funding Support Emerging Interdisciplinary Research: A Comparison Study of Big Data Research in the US and China. PLoS ONE 11(5): e0154509. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0154509

Bibliometric and text analyses comparing research awards by NSF and NSFC, augmented by Web of Science publication data, find Information Science the core area funded by both agencies. Science overlay maps show NSF more apt to support Big Data research concerning Engineering and Math & Physical sciences, but NSFC relatively more active in Management Sciences and Earth Sciences. NSF’s awards show more pronounced interdisciplinarity.