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Environmental and Natural Resource Economists, Great Research, and the National Science Foundation


  • O'Connor, Robert E.


Environmental and natural resource economists could be more effectively engaged in great re-search on exciting issues in environmental and natural resource management. After identifying possible obstacles to improved research, the article focuses on opportunities and obstacles as-sociated with obtaining funding from the National Science Foundation. Opportunities abound, both ongoing and in the future, for interdisciplinary work involving environmental and natural resource economists. Keys to exploiting these opportunities for funding include a willingness to face rejection, build teams, contact program officers with specific questions, write detailed research designs, and prepare proposals that promise to go beyond narrow incremental advances.

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  • O'Connor, Robert E., 2008. "Environmental and Natural Resource Economists, Great Research, and the National Science Foundation," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, vol. 37(1), April.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:arerjl:44734

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