This research programme will analyse and compare public sector research (PSR) systems in a range of large and small EU EEA and CEEC countries. Against a background of increasing concern over the effectiveness of these systems, the objectives of the study are:
- to gain a deeper understanding of the rapidly changing structure and dynamics of public sector research systems, and of how these changes relate to the wider social, institutional and political context in which the systems are embedded.
- to analyse and compare the strengths and weaknesses of different structures for PSR.
- to identify common trends in the changing nature and function of PSR in areas which are vital for public welfare and safety, e.g. medical research, protecting the environment and resource conservation.
- to review the relationship between national and supra-national organisations in the support of PSR in areas which are most effectively performed in an international context, and to compare the extent and organisational forms of intra-European and extra-European networking.
There is currently little comparable information and analysis about the ways in which countries organise their PSR systems. National studies which do exist have not been produced on the same basis, are often out of date, and do not reflect recent far-reaching changes in the organisation of PSR. The results of this project will complement findings from studies of national systems of innovation and enrich the interpretation of science and technology indicators. The results will also provide policy-makers with an understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of different institutional arrangements for PSR, of their relationship to specific national contexts, and of the wider trends affecting PSR systems throughout the world.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts