Title: Idea-driven R&D evolution: The ORNL seed-money programme
Author: Robert W. Shaw, Herman Postma
Exploratory Studies Coordinator, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831, USA.
Director, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA 37831
Abstract: At any active research and development institution there must be a continuous evolution of research ideas and projects. At Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a US Department of Energy sponsored laboratory, the seed-money programme provides overhead funding for staff members to explore new ideas and to conduct proof-of-principle studies to facilitate this progression. Over 200 projects have been supported by this means. The execution and the success of the seed-money programme is described. In its 12-year history, seed money has helped initiate several new Laboratory programmes. Its success is due to two factors – a staff-oriented operation, and an idea-driven approach.
Keywords: research and development; research management; research policy; research evaluation; idea-driven R&D; Oak Ridge National Laboratory; ORNL seed money programme.
Int. J. of Technology Management, 1987 Vol.2, No.2, pp.241 - 248
Available online: 27 May 2009