Effectiveness of national research funding systems
National research funding systems are an important part of the financing of national research programs. Several countries are restructuring their research funding systems by, for instance, creating new agencies which have to allocate the available resources or by applying competitive methods to allocate subsidies to projects. Also, it is now possible to allocate subsidy to a specific goal or mission, by which the focus on quality and relevance of the research activities is enlarged.
DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission has launched a study to assess the effectiveness of the national research funding systems: does more competition necessarily mean a better performance? This study is led by a consortium consisting of Empirica (Germany) and Dialogic with the goal to create a detailed description on the variation in the competition-based allocation of public research funding in the EU Member States.
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1 May 2014
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