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Assessing collaborative, pre-competitive R&D projects: the case of the UK LINK scheme

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The paper addresses the evaluation of outcomes of collaborative, pre-competitive R&D projects. It draws on some empirical analysis carried out on data and information gathered under the UK ‘LINK’ scheme, a programme supporting R&D collaborative projects and assessing collaboration outcomes. A new indicator of performance, based on the outputs of LINK projects, has been constructed. It provides a relative and quite consistent measure of performance for making comparisons among different LINK projects. However it does not correlate with the more subjective grade applied by LINK’s own management. For further improving evaluating mechanisms, more attention should be paid to the benefits that universities and companies as well as governments are drawing from R&D collaborations.

Document Type: Original Article


Affiliations: 1: CIEG, Department of Management, University of Bologna, Italy 2: SPRU (Science and Technology Policy Research), Mantell Building, University of Sussex, UK

Publication date: 2002-03-01

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