Government Funding of E-collaboration Research in the European Union: A Comparison with the United States Model

Government Funding of E-collaboration Research in the European Union: A Comparison with the United States Model

Ned Kock (Texas A&M International University, USA) and Pedro Antunes (University of Lisboa, Portugal)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-652-5.ch012
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Abstract

Government funding of e-collaboration research in both the US and EU seems to be growing. In the EU, a key initiative to promote governmental investment in e-collabo-ration research is the Collaboration@Work initiative. This initiative is one of the EU’s Information Society Technologies Directorate General’s main priorities. In the US, government investment in e-collaboration research is channeled through several gov-ernment branches and organizations, notably the National Science Foundation. There are key differences in the approaches used for government funding of e-collaboration research in the EU and US. Some of these differences are discussed here, as well as related implications.

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