The challenge of funding interdisciplinary research: A look inside public research funding agencies

Koenig, Thomas ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4337-5163 and Gorman, Michael E. (2016) The challenge of funding interdisciplinary research: A look inside public research funding agencies. In: Frodeman, Robert; Thompson Klein, Julie and Dos Santos Pancheco, Roberto Carlos, (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity. Second Edition. Oxford Handbooks. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 513-524.

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Public research funding agencies are required to address pro-actively interdisciplinary research. This article looks specifically at two funding agencies – the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and the EU European Research Council (ERC) – how these bodies promote interdisciplinarity, on the one hand, and how they claim to identify it, on the other. Inevitably, this gives the funding agencies some definition power over what interdisciplinary research actually is or should be. At the same time, there are organizational constraints that restrict the funding agencies’ capacity to fully embrace novel ways of interdisciplinary collaboration and investigation.

Item Type: Book Contribution
Keywords: research funding, peer review, National Science Foundation, NSF, European Research Council, ERC, funding agency, basic research, frontier research
Research Units: Techno-Science and Societal Transformation
Status: Published
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2016 08:28
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2019 08:57
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198733522.013.41
URI: https://irihs.ihs.ac.at/id/eprint/3921

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