Taking stock and looking forward
A research agenda on public research funding
Research funding systems are being asked to address emerging societal and sustainability challenges, to support transformative research and to become more equitable while not compromising their longstanding mission to support breakthrough research and innovation. This makes the design of funding programs, selection of instruments, engagement of actors and evaluation of outcomes ever more complex. The theoretical and analytical challenges associated with understanding research funding systems today are substantial. The publication of the first comprehensive Handbook of Public Research Funding, edited by Benedetto Lepori, Ben Jongbloed and Diana Hicks, offers an occasion to reflect on what we know and where the future research agenda might take us. This panel will identify core themes for a future research agenda in the field, assess what is known and where the main gaps are and, finally, think about what kinds of (new) data and methods might prove useful.
The Global Network on the Economics of Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building (GLOBELICS) is celebrating its twentieth anniversary. The network has explored the relevance of innovation processes to the development process and nurtured new generations of innovation scholars from Asia, Africa, and Latin America over two decades when the Global South has taken a more and more important position in the global economy. In this panel discussion, the GLOBELICS leadership team brings insights from five workshops held over the past six months to highlight the contributions of this distinctive research community and envision its future agenda. Topics include knowledge-based development and local learning economies; globalization and structural transformation; technological change and emerging technologies; environmentally sustainable development; and innovation for inclusive development