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Navigating the impact-innovation double hurdle: the case of a climate change research fund

Navigating the impact-innovation double hurdle: the case of a climate change research fund
Navigating the impact-innovation double hurdle: the case of a climate change research fund
This paper analyses how the funding for research grants was allocated from a specific research fund which aimed to support innovative research projects with the potential to have research impact by reducing carbon emissions. The fund received a total of 106 proposals, of which 27 were successful at obtaining financial support. Our aims were to test which factors influenced the funding decision and to discover whether or not and to what extent the fund met its intended objectives through the allocation of monies. The allocation process and its outcomes were analysed using correlation, logistical and linear regression to test our research hypotheses. Using this research funding process as a single study, we found that trying to clear the impact-innovation double hurdle in a single funding initiative ultimately compromises both goals. This paper therefore contributes to our understanding of innovation management within the context of carbon emission reduction and explains which factors influenced success in securing research monies through the funding process.
research funding, carbon emissions reduction, innovation, research impact
0048-7333
1048-1057
Lettice, Fiona
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Smart, Palie
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Baruch, Yehuda
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Johnson, Mark
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Lettice, Fiona
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Smart, Palie
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Baruch, Yehuda
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Johnson, Mark
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Lettice, Fiona, Smart, Palie, Baruch, Yehuda and Johnson, Mark (2012) Navigating the impact-innovation double hurdle: the case of a climate change research fund. [in special issue: Special Section on Sustainability Transitions] Research Policy, 41 (6), 1048-1057. (doi:10.1016/j.respol.2012.03.003).

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This paper analyses how the funding for research grants was allocated from a specific research fund which aimed to support innovative research projects with the potential to have research impact by reducing carbon emissions. The fund received a total of 106 proposals, of which 27 were successful at obtaining financial support. Our aims were to test which factors influenced the funding decision and to discover whether or not and to what extent the fund met its intended objectives through the allocation of monies. The allocation process and its outcomes were analysed using correlation, logistical and linear regression to test our research hypotheses. Using this research funding process as a single study, we found that trying to clear the impact-innovation double hurdle in a single funding initiative ultimately compromises both goals. This paper therefore contributes to our understanding of innovation management within the context of carbon emission reduction and explains which factors influenced success in securing research monies through the funding process.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 3 April 2012
Published date: July 2012
Keywords: research funding, carbon emissions reduction, innovation, research impact
Organisations: Southampton Business School

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Local EPrints ID: 356606
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/356606
ISSN: 0048-7333
PURE UUID: 8fa35ec7-22c8-42f7-8885-6042d10eb6c9
ORCID for Yehuda Baruch: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0678-6273

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Date deposited: 10 Sep 2013 11:51
Last modified: 26 Nov 2019 01:35

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