Sponsorship of building research: a Canadian view

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ConferencePreprint Papers. 6th CIB Congress. The Impact of Research on the Built Environment: 03 October 1974, Budapest, Hungary
Pages55356; # of pages: 498
Subjectsponsors; building industry; research; resource allocation; financing
AbstractConsideration is given to the problem of providing appropriate financial resources for a publicly-supported national building research agency in a free-enterprise economy, based on the experience of the Division of Building Research, a part of the National Research Council of Canada. It is noted that the method through which a research agency obtains its funds has a strong influence on its criteria for research priorities. In most Canadian government agencies, the funds provided are intended to cover all expenditures and income cannot be used to augment resources. This encourages the selection of projects that serve a large community of interest; those that serve a single department or company usually rate a lower priority even though deserving of attention. A condition of constant resource allocations over an extended period presents serious management problems to a mature organization with ever-increasing commitments. This leads to consideration of alternate forms of financing, providing more flexibility in responding to a variety of needs.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedNo
NRC number14752
NPARC number20374579
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