Who Search for Research Grant for What and When?

Yusuke Yamamoto


We analyze access logs of the research grant search engines in our univerisity to under- stand researchers’ needs for funding opportunities. Through an analysis of university grant search engine access logs, we present (1) the features of popular grants for researchers, (2) the reasons for grant needs, and (3) the timing of grant seeking. Our analysis of the data suggests that larger number of researchers look for small-scale funding opportunities and the researchers often want budgets for indirect-research purposes such as human develop- ment, publication, and holding of conferences. The results show that researchers’ needs for funding opportunities can be comprehensively and cost-effectively investigated using access logs to design and improve university research administration/promotion services without direct communication with the researchers. 

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