Title: A methodology for the identification of prospective collaboration networks in international R&D programmes

Authors: Ville Brummer, Ahti Salo, Juuso Nissinen, Juuso Liesio

Addresses: Systems Analysis Laboratory, Helsinki University of Technology, P.O. Box 1100, 02015 TKK, Finland. ' Systems Analysis Laboratory, Helsinki University of Technology, P.O. Box 1100, 02015 TKK, Finland. ' Systems Analysis Laboratory, Helsinki University of Technology, P.O. Box 1100, 02015 TKK, Finland. ' Systems Analysis Laboratory, Helsinki University of Technology, P.O. Box 1100, 02015 TKK, Finland

Abstract: The planning of publicly funded research and development programmes can benefit from participatory foresight processes where research issues are evaluated with regard to multiple criteria. However, few approaches have been developed for the shaping of collaborative research networks through which the resulting priorities are implemented. We therefore develop a methodology for the joint shaping of thematic priorities and prospective collaborative networks. Our methodology helps identify networks that are aligned with the thematic priorities and consist of research groups with shared interests. The proposed PRM-Networking approach is demonstrated with a case study on the planning of a multi-national research programme.

Keywords: multicriteria decision analysis; MCDA; project portfolio optimisation; collaborative networks; research networks; network design; technology foresight; R&D programmes; networking; priority setting; ERA-NET; RPM; robust portfolio modelling; international R&D; participatory foresight; network planning; research collaboration.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.2011.041580

International Journal of Technology Management, 2011 Vol.54 No.4, pp.369 - 389

Available online: 27 Jul 2011 *

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