The impact assessment of support programmes of science-based emerging technologies requires the analysis of several dimensions of performance, as these programmes refer to used-inspired basic research which is linked to basic research as well as to technological application. Bibliometric analysis proves to be a useful tool for capturing different aspects of performance. In the specific programme “future emerging technologies”, interdisciplinarity turns out to be crucial for achieving excellent and creative outcomes. Furthermore, the orientation on risky projects yields some excellent results, but few failures.
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Certain data included in this paper are derived from the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE), the Social Science Citation Index (SSCI), the Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), and the Index to Social Sciences and Humanities Proceedings (ISSHP) (all updated June 2010) prepared by Thomson Reuters (Scientific) Inc. (TR®), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, USA: ©Copyright Thomson Reuters (Scientific) 2010. All rights reserved.
Funding was provided by European Commission (Grant No. i665083)
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Schmoch, U., Beckert, B. & Schaper-Rinkel, P. Impact assessment of a support programme of science-based emerging technologies. Scientometrics 118, 1141–1161 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11192-018-03002-x
- Impact assessment
- Science-based emerging technologies
- Multi-dimensional impact
- Impact of interdisciplinarity
- Impact of risk-orientation