Cooperative Research Centers and Technical Innovation

Government Policies, Industry Strategies, and Organizational Dynamics

  • Craig Boardman
  • Denis O. Gray
  • Drew Rivers

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction

  3. Industry and Cooperative Research Centers

  4. Universities and Cooperative Research Centers

  5. Leadership in Cooperative Research Centers

  6. Government and Cooperative Research Centers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217
    2. Irwin Feller, Daryl Chubin, Ed Derrick, Pallavi Pharityal
      Pages 219-246
  7. International Practice and Cooperative Research Centers

  8. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 309-309
    2. Craig Boardman, Denis O. Gray, Drew Rivers
      Pages 319-319
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 321-336

About this book


At a time when scientific and technical innovation now requires a multitude of heterogeneous inputs and expertise from the public and private sectors alike, cooperative research centers (CRCs) have emerged as the predominant vehicle for cross-sector collaboration. In the U.S. alone, there are thousands of CRCs on university campuses, and agencies like the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, and more recently the Department of Energy fund CRCs to address some of the nation’s most formidable challenges with science and technology, including cancer and other diseases, terrorism surveillance and the detection of weapons of mass destruction, and new energy technologies and smart enegry grid development. Industry oftentimes participates in CRCs for access to knowledge, capacity development, and to mitigate risk.

This volume includes research investigating CRCs from North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia to explore the dynamics of CRCs, including but not limited to resource allocation, structure, level of sponsorship, organization and membership, management and operations, objectives and goals, and in doing so identifies both differences and similarities across institutional and national contexts. The volume sheds light on the role of CRCs in promoting innovation, S&T policy, and economic development, and on the practical aspects of successful CRC management. Moreover, the works included in the volume consider the implications for the various stakeholder groups (firms, universities, researchers, students, policymakers) invested in CRCs.


Commercialization Cooperative research centers Economic growth Innovation National Science Foundation (NSF)

Editors and affiliations

  • Craig Boardman
    • 1
  • Denis O. Gray
    • 2
  • Drew Rivers
    • 3
  1. 1.ColumbusUSA
  2. 2.RaleighUSA
  3. 3.RaleighUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media LLC 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-4387-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-4388-9
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