UK and European Science Policy: The Role of Cooperative Research Networks

summary:

Science policy is increasingly emphasised as a means to influence competitiveness. Collaboration in research and development, in particular cooperative research networks, is at the heart of the EC's science policy. This study, based on in-depth comparative case studies, asks

  • What is the relationship between EU and UK science policy?
  • What are the costs and benefits of cooperative research networks?
  • What are the determinants of successful management and operation of networks?

The report sets out an analytical framework for evaluating cooperative research networks and, on this basis, presents the results of eight case studies from UK and Europe. A comparative analysis of these case studies is then presented, focusing on why the networks exist, how they operate, and the differences between UK and European networks.