Comparison of Research Performance by Institute based on Research Keywords

  • Toshiki Shimbaru Seinan Gakuin University
  • Naoto Kai University Library Osaka University
Keywords: KAKENHI, Research performance, University Research Administrator


To propose a new method of comparing performance between studies on the same subject at different institutions, this study obtained information on grant amounts, keywords related to the research, and the number of achievements for all projects from the Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI) Database. From this database, the information on research projects between FY 2012 and 2021 was obtained and classified into ten groups according to their budget amounts. Thereafter, 12 research institutes were focused and compared the number of research achievements in each group. Throughout all groups, the institute’s performance differences were not apparent based on the comparison of research projects. However, the results revealed that the method of comparing by keywords better indicates the differences in the performance of each institute. To clarify the causes of the differences, the authors compared achievements in common and unique words separately. Consequently, there tended to be significant differences in performance for unique words than common words. More reliable results are expected to be obtained by improving the determination accuracy of the same keywords.


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