Incentives for technology transfer institutes
Aansturing intermediaire kennisinstellingen kan scherper
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Public funding is legitimised by underinvestment in absorptive capacity and coordination problems in matching demand and supply of knowledge. Currently, the amount of public funding is not conditional upon pre-specified and measurable performance indicators. This indicates a risk of ineffectivity and inefficiency. We present an indicator - constrained contract research turnover - that seems to be a good measure for the social value added technology transfer institutes are expected to deliver. The constraint refers to the following condition: ineligible is contract research turnover that builds on a knowledge base that, according to an independent expert committee, is (or could have been) created and maintained by private technology transfer firms.
We discuss a policy option that makes public funding contingent on this indicator. We compare this policy option with an alternative that attaches incentives to a throughput measure of performance, respectively that applies implicit rather than explicit incentives to enhance effectivity and efficiency.