Research assessment criteria and university-industry links in the social contract of applicable science: Experiences from funding of biomedical science andstrategic environmental research in Sweden and the UK
2003 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
This paper is concerned with research assessment procedures adopted by funding agents that target research with industrial applications and close links to socio-economic goals. The funding bodies of research are confronted with a ‘cry for applicability’ although it is argued that research and innovation are highly uncertain activities where all applications of science cannot be foreseen. This paper argues that analysis research funding with a strong rationale for ‘applicable’ science (such as private non-profit and strategic research foundations) can contribute to an improved understanding of university-industry relations in research. The aim of this study is to address what characterises the research assessment criteria used by funding agents that target research with industrial application and close links to socio-economic goals.Special attention is paid to university-industry links in the social contract for ‘applicable’science in Sweden and the UK. Case studies from research funding in biomedical science and strategic environmental research are selected to address the assessment procedures and criteria that research-funding organisations use to assess prospects of successful application of science. A typology addressing views on university-industry relations is used to characterise the case studies. The study shows that the foundations and trusts are attributing value to university-industry interaction in research. Promotion of such links is focusing on aspects ofhuman resources, best practices and intellectual property in targeting socio-economic goals.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2003. 1-28 p.
Other Environmental Engineering
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-6298OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-6298DiVA: diva2:10975
Conference in honour of Keith Pavitt what do we know about innovation? organised by SPRU – science and technology policy research, University of Sussex, England, 13-15th november 2003.
QC 201010272005-09-132005-09-132010-10-27Bibliographically approved