Research funding allocation

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Research funding bodies face a difficult task in allocating research funding. Determining research priorities is difficult, research outcomes are uncertain and sometimes they occur over long time-frames.  

The best approach is for funding decisions to be based around their possible (although obviously not yet actual) impact on the real-world problems that the research is directed towards solving. Traditionally this is done by asking researchers who are applying for funding to produce a long text-based explanation as to what their research might achieve. Funders then need to read through these to work out whether the research is focused on outcomes that are important for them.

It’s faster and much more transparent to use the Duignan’s Results Roadmapping based on using a DoView® Results Roadmap of the real-world problems being faced and to then map potential different research projects onto this. This enables a visualization of exactly where research is focused and whether it is focused on what are seen as current priorities by a funder.

Of course, research areas differ in how much is known about the problems they’re attempting to solve. In Duignan’s Results Roadmapping this is dealt with by changing the level of abstraction at which the DoView® Results Roadmap is drawn. 

Access the example here of how foundations and funders can use this type of approach when allocating research funds.

Three Ways DoView Planning can be used in research. Overview of Using Duignan’s Results Roadmapping for Research.

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