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European university funding and financial autonomy. A study on the degree of diversification of university budget and the share of competitive funding

  • Authors: Laura de Dominicis, Susana Elena Pérez, Ana Fernández-Zubieta
  • EUR Number: 24761 EN
  • Publication date: 3/2011


The main objective of this report is to investigate the structure of the budget in a sample of research-active European universities and to analyse to what extent the level of financial autonomy effects the diversification of their budget and the amount of competitive funding they receive.
The study covers 200 research-active universities from 33 European Research Area (ERA) countries (27 Member States and Croatia, Iceland, Israel, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey) within the framework of the 'European Observatory of Research-Active Universities and National Public Research Funding Agencies' (UniObs). The criteria followed to select the list of universities in the sample are based on research performance and country representativeness.

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