Relève étoile April 2018

Olivier Bégin-Caouette

Postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Interuniversity Research on Science and Technology
Université du Québec à Montréal

Award-winning publication: The perceived impact of four funding streams on academic research production in Nordic countries: the perspectives of system actors

Published in: Science and Public Policy



The global race to generate knowledge is forcing a number of nations to increase their spending in research funding. But, dollar for dollar, are all types of funding equivalent? This study explores how key stakeholders in higher education systems in Scandinavian countries perceive the impact of basic, competitive, strategic and excellence funding mechanisms on academic research. Olivier Bégin-Caouette's work enriches current bibliometric studies by demonstrating that funding mechanisms interact with university traditions and are perceived differently by stakeholders based on their position (e.g. public servant, research council evaluator or professor) and country of origin. The relationship between the type of funding and a jurisdiction's cultural, historical, political and economic contexts could have as much impact as the amounts that are invested.