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The role of public funding in nanotechnology scientific production: Where Canada stands in comparison to the United States

Leila Tahmooresnejad, Catherine Beaudry and Andrea Schiffauerova

Article (2015)

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Cite this document: Tahmooresnejad, L., Beaudry, C. & Schiffauerova, A. (2015). The role of public funding in nanotechnology scientific production: Where Canada stands in comparison to the United States. Scientometrics, 102(1), p. 753-787. doi:10.1007/s11192-014-1432-2
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This paper presents cross-country comparisons between Canada and the United States in terms of the impact of public grants and scientific collaborations on subsequent nanotechnology-related publications. In this study we present the varying involvement of academic researchers and government funding to capture the influence of funded research in order to help government agencies evaluate their efficiency in financing nanotechnology research. We analyze the measures of quantity and quality of research output using time-related econometric models and compare the results between nanotechnology scientists in Canada and the United States. The results reveal that both research grants and the position of researchers in co-publication networks have a positive influence on scientific output. Our findings demonstrate that research funding yields a significantly positive linear impact in Canada and a positive non-linear impact in the United States on the number of papers and in terms of the number of citations we observe a positive impact only in the US. Our research shows that the position of scientists in past scientific networks plays an important role in the quantity and quality of papers published by nanotechnology scientists.

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Nanotechnology, Research funding, Scientific papers, Collaboration, Network analysis

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Subjects: 1600 Génie industriel > 1600 Génie industriel
Department: Département de mathématiques et de génie industriel
Research Center: Non applicable
Funders: CRSH
Grant number: 430-2012-0849; 435-2013-1220
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2016 11:54
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2021 10:43
PolyPublie URL: https://publications.polymtl.ca/2317/
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Journal Title: Scientometrics (vol. 102, no. 1)
Publisher: Springer
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11192-014-1432-2


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