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Research excellence initiatives and government ministries

This chapter presents the results of a survey to government agencies responsible for administering research excellence initiative (REI) funding for higher education and public research institutions. REIs provide funds for research and many research-related measures, such as the improvement or extension of physical infrastructure, the recruitment of outstanding researchers from abroad and the training of researchers. The survey results show that ministries and public funding bodies responsible for REIs judge them positively and report that they reach the objectives of the programmes. New lines of research have opened up, new patterns of interdisciplinary research have been established, human capital has been strengthened, and concentration processes have generally led to enhanced research capacities.

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This chapter presents the results of a survey to government agencies responsible for administering research excellence initiative (REI) funding for higher education and public research institutions. It begins by discussing the data sources and methodology used and describes the criteria used to identify REIs. It presents the REIs in responding countries and discusses the similarities and differences among them, in particular in terms of their objective, the disciplinary and thematic focus, the selection process, the concentration of REIs, performance assessment and system evaluations.

 
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