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Matching Grants for Stimulating Partnerships between Companies and Universities in Innovation Area: Initial Effects in Russia

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  • Dezhina, I.

    (Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia)

  • Simachev, Yu.

    (Interdepartmental Analytical Center, Moscow, Russia)

Abstract

The paper focuses on the analysis of a new government instrument to foster the development of university-industry links by awarding matching grants to companies with obligation to outsource R and D to universities. The objectives of the study included analysis of motivation for cooperation both from side of universities and companies; primary effects and side-effects of matching grants. The research results are based on 40 in-depth interviews conducted in 2011-2012 with representatives of companies and universities. Our findings show that major motivations from side of universities were possibility to get valuable research tasks from companies, selection of most competitive teams of researchers who may work with companies, and strengthening reputation in business environment. Companies were interested in getting government funding in order to solve their technological problems; to strengthen, due cooperation with universities, their research capacity, and to use modern research infrastructure located at universities. The major effects of the matching grants include but are not limited to strengthening of university orientation towards solving practical tasks which are of interest to business; institutionalization of relations between universities and business in the innovation sphere, broadening of research cooperation; harmonization of research and educational activity in universities.

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  • Dezhina, I. & Simachev, Yu., 2013. "Matching Grants for Stimulating Partnerships between Companies and Universities in Innovation Area: Initial Effects in Russia," Journal of the New Economic Association, New Economic Association, vol. 19(3), pages 99-122.
  • Handle: RePEc:nea:journl:y:2013:i:19:p:99-122
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    1. Irina Dezhina & Alexey Ponomarev & Alexander Frolov, 2015. "Advanced Manufacturing Technologies in Russia: Outlines of a New Policy," Foresight and STI Governance (Foresight-Russia till No. 3/2015), National Research University Higher School of Economics, vol. 9(1), pages 20-31.
    2. Simachev, Yuri & Kuzyk, Mikhail & Feygina, Vera, 2014. "Cooperation between Russian research organizations and industrial companies: factors and problems," MPRA Paper 57503, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. repec:hig:fsight:v:11:y:2017:i:4:p:84-95 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Yu. Simachev & M. Kuzyk & V. Feygina., 2014. "R&D Cooperation between Russian Firms and Research Organizations: Is There a Need for State Assistance?," VOPROSY ECONOMIKI, N.P. Redaktsiya zhurnala "Voprosy Economiki", vol. 7.

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    Keywords

    science-technology policy; research and development; innovations; match-ing grants; university-industry linkages;

    JEL classification:

    • D22 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Empirical Analysis
    • H25 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Business Taxes and Subsidies
    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives

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