Research Policy & Development


Social Innovation as Valuation and Outcome Category of SNSF Funded Research

The project traces contributions of research funded by SNSF to social innovations and systematises these contributions in a valuation framework

The scope of this project is the identification of contributions to social innovations from various disciplinary and inter-disciplinary projects from all domains, funded by SNSF in the years 2015 - 2018.

The research objectives are

First, to identify scope and scale of SNSF funded projects that deal with social innovation research or the development of social innovation

Second, to assess the extent of contribution of funded SNSF projects to the development of social innovations, their productive interactions with non-academic stakeholders and/or beneficiaries and the operational or epistemological limits, and

Third, to critically reflect and structure the value of social innovation as potential valuation and outcome category of research.

With this project, the following research questions are pursued:

  1. How often and how is social innovation as a research topic approached in SNSF-funded projects?
  2. What is the contribution of SNSF funded research to the development of social innovation? How far does it go and where are the limits? What role do productive interactions play within the research process?
  3. Is social innovation a suitable starting point for the valuation of, in particular, but not only SSH research?



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Tags: social innovation

Type: Research

Program: Swiss National Science Foundation

Submission Date: 01/2021

Project Status: Finished

Start/End: 04/2021 - 05/2022

Project Duration: 14 months