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The Design of R&D Support Schemes for Industry†
Article first published online: 7 JAN 2013
Copyright © 2012 The Economic Society of Australia
Economic Papers: A journal of applied economics and policy
Volume 31, Issue 4, pages 464–477, December 2012
How to Cite
Thomson, R. and Webster, E. (2012), The Design of R&D Support Schemes for Industry. Economic Papers: A journal of applied economics and policy, 31: 464–477. doi: 10.1111/1759-3441.12001
- Issue published online: 7 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 7 JAN 2013
- R&D subsidies;
- innovation policy design;
- R&D policy
Scant discussion exists in the literature about the relative design merits of various R&D schemes, and most authors treat programme design as a black box. In this article, we assess the design features of three major forms of R&D support: entitlement schemes, competitive grant schemes and industry R&D boards. We use a combination of evidence to comment on how well these schemes perform in terms of firm engagement (how does the scheme recruit business interest?), project selection (what criteria are used and who selects the projects?), payment structure (how is financial support structured?) and administrative costs (what is the burden?).