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The purpose of this paper has been to map out national programmes in the social and human sciences in EU member states, with some reference to other countries participating in the Framework programmes. The mapping has considered the different ways of functioning of national research funding arrangements including the thematic coverage of programmes. Five types of national funding arrangements are characterised which help to define the differing nature of the various national programmes in SHS research in relation to their potential for linkage and opening-up in the European Research Area. Emergent types of national funding arrangements in EU/CEE candidate countries are also considered.

This discussion paper was written by Dr John Smith and was commissioned by the European Commission, DG Research, 'Citizens and Governance in a Knowledge-Based Society'. It is published as EUR 20601 (ISBN: 92-894-5269-2)

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