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Handbook of Public Funding of Research

9781800883079 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Benedetto Lepori, Institute of Communication and Public Policy, Faculty of Communication, Culture and Society, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland, Ben Jongbloed, Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences (BMS), University of Twente, the Netherlands and Diana Hicks, School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, US
Publication Date: March 2023 ISBN: 978 1 80088 307 9 Extent: c 432 pp
Given the recent re-evaluation of research funding policy as an issue central to national governments and the EU, it is imperative that underlying rationales and channels for investment in research and development are examined. A pioneering analysis of the complexity, allocation and management of public funding of research, this Handbook explores the strategies whereby research can be successfully targeted and supported to resolve problems of broad public concern.

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Given the recent re-evaluation of research funding policy as an issue central to national governments and the EU, it is imperative that underlying rationales and channels for investment in research and development are examined. A pioneering analysis of the complexity, allocation and management of public funding of research, this Handbook explores the strategies whereby research can be successfully targeted and supported to resolve problems of broad public concern.

Used effectively, the Handbook finds, research has the potential to support economic growth, create jobs, enhance social welfare, protect the environment and expand the frontiers of human knowledge. Taking a multi-level approach, chapters strategise ways to address various funding objectives through analysis of policy design, policy instruments, research organisations and researchers, while remedying disparities resulting from the distribution of research funds. The Handbook’s expansive scope, which covers variation in goals and instrument management over time and across countries, facilitates an approach that not only scrutinises existing paradigms of public research funding but also looks to the future.

With authoritative analysis and theoretical frameworks by leading scholars, the Handbook employs an interdisciplinary approach that combines sociology of sciences, political sciences and economics. It will prove a useful resource for scholars and researchers in science policy studies, alongside policy analysts in ministries and research funding organisations seeking to better understand their working environment.

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‘Public funding of research is crucial for independent, creative knowledge production in universities and research organisations, certainly in view of the great societal challenges of our time. This Handbook offers analyses by leading international scholars, showing how modes of funding have changed in the 21st century, with both pitfalls and promising avenues. A must-read for academics and policymakers engaged in transformative knowledge politics.’
– Stefan Kuhlmann, University of Twente, the Netherlands

‘This Handbook is timely as our science systems are under increasing pressure to deliver impact with tighter resources and increased performance pressure for individuals and organisations. It provides creative perspectives and concepts to better understand how different funding systems and policies and their changes interact with research organisations, research practices and researcher careers. In providing thorough reflection on these interactions it presents a step-change in science policy research and is highly meaningful for scholars, funders, policy makers and politicians.’
– Jakob Edler, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, Germany and University of Manchester, UK

‘A unique Handbook addressing the radical changes public research and universities have witnessed during the last 20 years. It is unique by its national, organizational and individual analyses of transformations, and by its ability to question established categories (e.g. top down vs bottom-up, or basic vs applied).’
– Philippe Larédo, University of Manchester, UK

'Many should be grateful for the publication of this important Handbook. Scholars from different disciplines provide significant insights into a system that has both expanded considerably as well as changed towards project financing. It offers highly recommended reading for politicians at the top of the system down to individual researchers.'
– Lars Engwall, Uppsala University, Sweden
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Contributors include: Aixa Y Alemán-Díaz, Stefan Arora-Jonsson, Olivier Bégin-Caouette, Carter Bloch, Barry Bozeman, Nils Brunsson, Susanne Bührer, Giliberto Capano, Joanna Chataway, Josie Coburn, Laura Cruz-Castro, Peter Edlund, Donna K. Ginther, Magnus Gulbrandsen, Thomas Heinze, Diana Hicks, Hugo Horta, Arlette Jappe, Ben Jongbloed, So Young Kim, Jussi Kivistö, Alexander Kladakis, Silvia Mirlene Nakano Koga, Quintin Kreth, Grit Laudel, Benedetto Lepori, Huan Li, Émanuelle Maltais, Charles Mathies, Julia Melkers, Irene Ramos-Vielba, Emanuela Reale, Juan D. Rogers, Luis Sanz-Menéndez, Thomas Scherngell, Sarah Seus, Gunnar Sivertsen, Mads P. Sørensen, Duncan A. Thomas, Inga Ulnicane, Rainer Walz, Richard Woolley, Ohid Yaqub
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