Intermediary organizations and emerging fields of science: the case of nanotechnology

PhD Project

Period: November 2004 - November 2008

Financed by: IGS (1/4), STePS (3/4)

Project Staff

PhD Student: Drs. F.V. van der Most (Frank)

Promotor: Prof. Dr. A. Rip (Arie)

Daily supervisor: Dr. B.J.M.van der Meulen (Barend)

Description

The project focuses on the role of intermediary organizations, in particular research funding organizations, in the development of emerging new fields of research such a nanotechnology. This is a comparative study that comprises issues of facility funding, coping with interdisciplinary research by disciplinary funding structures, and the relation between nanotechnology and industry. A broad comparative inventory of particular countries’ national organization of research funding and their funding activities related to nanotechnology was done in 2006. The countries included were Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland. In 2007 interviews were taken in Norway, Finland, The Netherlands and Switzerland for further in depth study. Each of these countries showed interesting characteristics and activities in view of the issues mentioned above.

intermediary organizations

Publications

Most, F. van der (2007) Regaining an intermediary position in the Dutch research funding landscape (DRAFT). A resource dependence theory interpretation of research funding organizations' interactions with nanotechnology. Paper presented at the PRIME EU-US Early Career Researcher Conference on Research and Innovation Studies, 1st - 4th July 2008 at University of Twente, The Netherlands. pdf

Most, F. van der (2006) Research councils and emerging fields of science: the case of nanotechnology. A comparative pilot study of Germany, the United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Norway. Paper presented at the SSTNET workshop ‘Science and change’, 6 and 7 April 2006, Manchester. pdf

Most, F. van der & Meulen, B. van der (2001) RCN's role in the dynamics of research: a scientists' perspective. Enschede, Brighton: University of Twente, Technopolis.

Most, F.V. (2001) SBO and human food. Enschede, Grenoble: University of Twente

Most, F. van der, Homburg, E., Hooghoff, P., Selm, A. van (2000). 'Nieuwe synthetische producten plastics en wasmiddelen na de Tweede Wereldoorlog'. In J.W. Schot, H.W. Lintsen, A. Rip & A.A. Albert de la Bruhèze (red.) Techniek in Nederland in de Twintigste Eeuw. (Vol II). Eindhoven, Zutphen: Stichting Historie der Techniek, Walburg Pers.

Most, F. van der, Schot, J. & Gales, B. (2000) 'Zout'. In J.W. Schot, H.W. Lintsen, A. Rip & A.A. Albert de la Bruhèze (red.) Techniek in Nederland in de Twintigste Eeuw. (Vol II). Eindhoven, Zutphen: Stichting Historie der Techniek, Walburg Pers.

Most, F.V.van der & Smit,W.A. (1999) BSE and the Netherlands National Action System. Enschede, Grenoble: University of Twente.

Most, F.V.van der & Smit,W.A. (1999) BSE and the Belgium National Action System. Enschede, Grenoble: University of Twente.

Most, F.V. van der (1998). Verzekerde Grenzen tussen heden en toekomst. Een geschiedenis van scenario's op de veranderende landkaart van wetenschap, politiek en de Rijksplanologische Dienst (1974-1997). Masters thesis, Maastricht University. (Drs. thesis)