Promoting the socio-economic impact of research – the role of funding practices
Despite growing emphasis on the generation of socio-economic impact of public research, our understanding of how research funders seek to stimulate societal goals and how different funding approaches may shape the nature of the research is limited. Given that funding systems are central in defining the scope, content and direction of public research, a detailed understanding of this factor is vital.
The overall aim of the project is to explore how and to which extent research funding aimed at increasing societal contributions may shape research practices and networks in public research. This will be done in a multilevel comparative design with two research fields, renewable energy and food science, within three countries, Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands.
The project will explore funders’ focus and requirements in relation to a wider societal orientation of research, and examine through in-depth case studies how research funding promotes societal outcomes.
Among the studies to be conducted in the project are:
The project as a whole will thus produce insights in relation to the design and implementation of funding instruments that foster value-adding efforts to increase the socio-economic impact of research, as opposed to just stimulating compliance or strategic behaviour with no or only symbolic effect.
See also the video presentation of the project at: NovoNordiskFonden-PROSECON
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The Advisory Board for the PROSECON project is:
Aldo Geuna, Professor of Economic Policy, Department of Cultures, Politics and Society, University of Torino, Italy
Taran Thune, Professor - Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo, Norway
Barend van der Meulen, Professor Institutional Aspects of (Higher) Education, Director CHEPS, UTwente, Netherlands
Thomas Heinze, Professor and Deputy Director, Interdisciplinary Center of Science and Technology Studies (IZWT), University of Wuppertal, Germany.
Arlette Jappe, Senior scientist, Interdisciplinary Center for Science and Technology Studies (IZWT), University of Wuppertal, Germany.
Pablo D´Este, Tenured scientist, INGENIO (CSIC-UPV), Valencia, Spain.
Adrián A. Díaz-Faes, Postdoctoral researcher, INGENIO (CSIC-UPV), Valencia, Spain.