Survey on Research Funding for the Social Sciences in Europe
Title: Survey on Research Funding for the Social Sciences in Europe
Publisher: EUI, Max Weber Programme, Academic Careers Observatory
Citation: Florence, European University Institute, 2011
From mid-2010 through early 2011, the Academic Careers Observatory (ACO) of the Max Weber Programme (MWP) carried out three separate surveys of economists, sociologists and political scientists, the majority of whom held university positions. These individuals were invited to answer an on-line questionnaire regarding research funding in the social sciences in Europe. Each distinct survey was respectively carried out in partnership with the European Economic Association (EEA), the European Sociological Association (ESA), and the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR). Overall, we received 3,802 valid responses from among the 19,944 invitations sent: 2,384 economists, 766 sociologists and 652 political scientists. The total response rate is 19.1 per cent. This survey is divided into two parts. Part I analyses the sociology of each profession, gathering personal information and assessing the respondent’s current working position. Part II focuses on the research funding experience of the respondents, revealing both the specifics of the respondent’s research funding, as well as their subjective perceptions of the funding application and fruition processes. Both parts of the survey show remarkable consistency in the responses of economists, sociologists and political scientists; differences are small and confined to specific areas. Much more relevant is the variation across European Research Area (ERA) countries, which share distinct academic traditions, irrespective of the discipline of the respondent.
Table of Contents:
• Introduction 1 • The sample 1 • The sociology of the profession 3 • Experience with funding 4 • Nationality and residence 5 • The grouping of countries 6 • Profession of respondents 7 • Gender and age profile 9 • Positions and graduation 11 • Research environment 12 • Working time 15 • Sources of funding 17 • National and regional funding 18 • Research funding 20 • Research grants size distribution per year (all sources) 20 • National Research Grants (public) and Research Funds from Own Institution 21 • National Research Grants, ERC and EC Framework Programme (not ERC) 22 • Profession, countries and grants 24 • The allocation of research funds 29 • Grants’ application process and influencing factors 32 • Evaluation 43 • The cuts ahead 45 • Conclusions 46 • Appendix 1. Selection criteria for researchers in Sociology and in the Political Sciences 49 • Appendix 2. List of agencies providing research funding, to which the respondents have recently applied 51 • Appendix 3. Selected graphs separated by discipline 55 • Appendix 4. Selected indicators on individual national research funding agencies 67 • France – French National Research Agency 71 • Germany – German Research Foundation 72 • United Kingdom – Economic and Social Research Council 73 • Denmark – Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation 74 • Portugal – Foundation for Science and Technology 75 • Spain – Ministry of Science and Innovation 75 • Italy – Ministry of Education, Universities and Research 76 • The Netherlands – The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research 77 • Norway – Research Council of Norway 78 • Switzerland – Swiss National Science Foundation 79 • Sweden – Swedish Research Council 80
Published in collaboration with the European Economic Association, European Sociological Association and the European Consortium for Political Research
Type of Access: openAccess
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