An Effective and efficient R&D funding mechanism: an evaluation study on prioritized R&D grant program (1003) of TUBİTAK

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This thesis aims to detect differences in the features of the proposed and supported projects for different priority technology areas (PTAs) of the TUBITAK 1003 Prioritized Areas R&D Grant Program together with the measurement and comparison of output, input and behavioral additionality of the supported projects. Within the scope of this thesis, firstly, descriptive statistics of program indicators including calls, projects, funds and outputs is analyzed. Then, relationship between output amount and the characteristics of the supported projects and their calls is estimated for different PTAs by the Ordinary Least Square (OLS) method. Moreover, interviews involving questions to measure output, behavioral and input additionalities are also conducted with a sample of supported project coordinators. For these analyses, data retrieved from the TUBITAK database is used. It is detected from these exercises that amount of proposed and supported projects and average requested and given fund per project differ with PTAs while distribution of project amounts, funds and outputs according to project characteristics is unbalanced. Additionally, effects of these characteristics on output amount are different for each PTAs. Moreover, supported projects and their outputs are inadequate to meet the specific targets of the 1003 Program despite their significant project and input additionalities. In conclusion, it is observed that the 1003 Program could not meet the expectations and targets of the authority fully. To eliminate the detected deficiencies with the aim of increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of the 1003 R&D Grant program, some policies are recommended as the output of the thesis.