Scientific Discovery with GROWTH
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Scientific Discovery with GROWTH

The GROWTH partnership pulls together the international expertise and astronomical facilities of its 13 partners to brings us closer to the answers of three specific scientific questions. We will use GROWTH publications (citations, co-authorship, etc) conference visits, and number of PhDs/postdocs as some of the metrics to evaluate the impact of our project on science and scientific discovery. Relevant data from the annual evaluation reports of the project will be available here as well as in the newsletters produced by our external evaluator SmartStart E&R.

GROWTH Impact in Year 1 (2015-2016)

The following graphs represent a summary of survey data administered to the GROWTH team at the end of Year 1. The response rate was 55%. For further details about the survey , data collection and to request a copy of the evaluation report, please contact the GROWTH Program Coordinator, Iva Kostadinova at

Fig 15 from SmartStart Annual Evaluation Report 2015-2016

An excerpt of qualitative responses to the question "In what ways have your work and research been influenced by knowledge obtained from the project?"

Thinking about how to utilize the GROWTH network has encouraged me to think of new approaches to time-domain followings.
Through GROWTH I got in contact with people and programs I would not otherwise have access to.
In GROWTH I get to know and talk to a lot of researchers of different backgrounds
GROWTH provides access to telescopes over the globe
I'm just getting started in research, so my participation in GROWTH has been helpful in enhancing my ability to understand what types of questions are good to ask and what data is available to me.


Fig 16 from SmartStart Annual Evaluation Report 2015-2016

Fig 18 from SmartStart Annual Evaluation Report 2015-2016

GROWTH is funded by the National Science Foundation under Grant No 1545949. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.