NCCR North-South Dialogue No. 49

by Claudia Michel, Maria Paulsson, Eva Maria Heim, Anne B. Zimmermann, Karl Herweg, Thomas Breu
Bern, NCCR North-South 2013

Donors increasingly require that the research they fund be of benefit for society and the environment. To this end, researchers addressing complex and uncertain problems should work together with research users. This is not always easy: researchers are expected to collaborate with non-academic partners, but are not funded for the additional work. Collaborative research projects often cannot tap the full potential of user engagement. Therefore, specific institutional and organisational conditions are necessary that foresee or even foster research–user engagement; funding schemes are one possible solution. Right from the start, the NCCR North-South programme introduced Partnership Actions for Mitigating Syndromes of Global Change (PAMS). This evaluation assesses the types of collaboration supported by PAMS, as well as the value of PAMS as a funding scheme for collaboration. It compares PAMS with similar funding schemes of other universities, research programmes, or projects, and contains recommendations.

Michel C, Paulsson M, Heim EM, Zimmermann AB, Herweg K, Breu T. 2013. Promoting Research–User Collaboration: An Assessment of Funding Schemes. Fifth NCCR North-South Report on Effectiveness. NCCR North-South Dialogue No 49. Bern, Switzerland: NCCR North-South.


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