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Analysis Variable:   Total Net Assignable Square Feet (NASF)
Survey Item Text
FY 2003
At the end of your FY 2003, how much space (NASF, or net assignable square feet) was used for research for each of the categories of space below? First, please report the NASF used for research animals. Second, please report the NASF used for research for each field of science and engineering (including the animal space you already reported). You may provide estimates if you do not have exact figures.

If research space was shared among fields or used for other purposes in addition to research, report the portion of space used for research by each field below. For example, if two fields shared the space equally, report half of the space in one field and half in the other. Or, if an area was used for research one-fourth of the time and for other purposes the rest of the time, report one-fourth of the space as research space.

For animal space, include all departmental and central facilities that are subject to local, state, and federal government policies and regulations concerning humane care and use of laboratory animals.

FY 2005 to present
At the end of your current FY, how much net assignable square feet was used for research (based on the definition of research space on page 2) for each of the fields of S&E below? Please include any research animal space and clinical trial space used for research. You may provide estimates if you do not have exact figures.

If research space was shared among fields or used for other purposes in addition to research, report the portion of space used for each field. For example, if two fields shared the space equally, report half of the space in one field and half in the other. Or, if an area was used for research one-fourth of the time and for other purposes the rest of the time, report one-fourth of the space as research space.

Description
Net assignable square feet (NASF) is the sum of all areas (in square feet) on all floors of a building assigned to, or available to be ssigned to, an occupant for a specific use, such as research or instruction. NASF is measured from the inside faces of walls.
Research is all sponsored research and development activities of your institution that are separately budgeted and accounted for. Research can be funded by your own institution, the federal government, a state government, foundations, corporations, or other sources. It does not include departmental research that is separately budgeted.
Research space is the net assignable square feet of space in buildings within which research activities take place. Research facilities are located within buildings. A building is a roofed structure for permanent or temporary shelter of persons, animals, plants, materials, or equipment. As a guideline, structures should be included if they are (1) attached to a foundation, (2) roofed, (3) serviced by a utility, exclusive of lighting, and (4) a source of significant maintenance and repair activities.

Research space is equivalent to functional category 2 (Research) for facilities inventory systems based on NCES, NACUBO, or WICHE classifications. For classifications, please refer to the Postsecondary Education Facilities Inventory and Classification Manual, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, NCES 92-165; the 1088 NACUBO Taxonomy of Functions; or the 1072 WICHE Program Classification Structure.

Availability
Data are available for the Fiscal Years (FYs) 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2015 surveys.
Notes
Animal research space is included in field totals.
  
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