I am working on modeling the impacts of a research and development organization affiliated with the college I work for. They are a unique case because, while they are technically part of the school, and receive some funding from the university, their primary work is in the research and development of new technologies, products, environmental monitoring, etc... I have fairly detailed budget information for them, so I am doing analysis by parts, using commodity 3456 when in doubt of the specific expense. My question is related to the sources of funding they receive. As I mentioned, they do get some base funding from the university, but a lot of their funding comes from competitive grants and contracts, from national, state, and local agencies. I'm modeling the impacts on two study areas: the state of Minnesota and the Northeast region in which the organization is located. My initial thought was that I should back out the funding that is coming from local sources in the regional model, and those that come from state sources in the state model, as that money is not exactly "new" to the region / state. If the organization didn't receive the funding it would most likely go to some other research organization within the study area, right? However, that makes for a very complicated process, as the source of the funding is not always so clear cut. Plus, we often model the "contribution" of a company in the region and we don't remove local funding sources in those cases. I'm worried that I might be making this more complicated than it should be and minimizing the results of the organization. I'd appreciate any feedback you can provide. Thanks! Monica
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