The Funding of Science and Innovation

29-30 June 2023

Politecnico di Milano – Bovisa Campus
Lecture Hall Aula Magna Carassa e Dadda (ground floor, building BL28)
Via Raffaele Lambruschini 4, 20156 Milano


The workshop is meant to be a first step towards building a much-needed European community and debate space among the people that are working to improve Research Funding in Europe.

The aim is to bring together a group of academics studying the funding of science and/or innovation and of practitioners from funding institutions and granting agencies. We will have an energizing 2-days workshop where we could share ideas, present ongoing research, particularly with a quantitative or experimental focus, and plan future work and collaborations.


Chiara Franzoni – Politecnico di Milano

Massimiliano Guerini – Politecnico di Milano

Reinhilde Veugelers – KU Leuven


Registrations are now closed.



Workshop, 29-30 June
Lecture Hall Carassa e Dadda, ground floor, Building BL28, Via Raffaele Lambruschini 4, Milan. (Bovisa Campus of Politecnico Milano)
The following map shows the path between the train station of Milano Bovisa and Building BL28.

Reception & Dinner, June 29 from 7:30pm
Reception & Dinner. A’Riccione Terrazza12,  9-10th floor, Brian & Berry Building, Piazza San Babila.
See the map – Entrance from Via Durini 28.
Nearest metro: San Babila (red line). Or walk 800m from Piazza Duomo.


Near Milano Porta Garibaldi Station:


Day 1 (Thursday, 29th June)

[ 8:30    Registration ]
9:00    Welcome & participants self-presentations
9:30    Keynote. Matthias Egger (Swiss National Science Foundation & University of Bern)
Chair: Chiara Franzoni (Politecnico Milano)
[ 10:45    Coffee ]
11:00    Panel 1: Advances in Science Funding
Speakers: Paula Stephan (Georgia State University & NBER), Marco Ottaviani (Bocconi University), Rikke Nørding Christensen (Novo Nordisk Foundation)
Chair: Reinhilde Veugelers (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
[ 12:30    Lunch ]
13:30    Keynote. Jacqueline Ng Lane (Harvard Business School).
Chair: Jared Gars (University of Florida & Politecnico Milano)
14:45    Panel 2: Advances in Innovation and Entrepreneurship Funding
Speakers: Laura Pontiggia (European Research Council), Ammon Salter (University of Warwick), Helmut Kremer-Eis (European Investment Fund)
Chair: Massimo G. Colombo (Politecnico Milano)
[ 16:15    Coffee ]
16:30    Idea development session 1  Brief presentations of ongoing projects. Luigi Butera (CBS), Sofie Cairo (HBS), Jared Gars (University of Florida & Politecnico Milano), H.C. Kongsted (CBS), Massimiliano Guerini (Politecnico Milano), Jesper Schneider (Aarhus University), Valentina Tartari (SSE & CBS), Fabiana Visentin (UNU-MERIT), Jian Wang (Leiden University).
Chair: Ammon Salter (University Warwick)
18:00    Adjurn 

Reception & Dinner. A’Riccione Terrazza12, Via Durini 28 (San Babila/ City centre)


Day 2 (Friday, 30th June)

[ 08:30    Welcome coffee ]
9:00    Idea development session 2 
Brief presentations of ideas to develop. Charles Ayoubi (HBS), Albert Banal-Estanol (U Pompeu Fabra), Cristina Rossi (Politecnico Milano), Jan Dhooge (KU Leuven), Carolin Haeussler (University Passau & EFI), Marc Lerchenmueller (University of Mannheim), Carolin Paunov (OECD), Laura Pontiggia (ERC Executive Agency), Tom Stafford (Research on Research Institute RoRI).
Chair: Albert Bravo-Biosca (Innovation Growth Lab. IGL)
10:30    Open-table discussion and matchmaking
[ 12:00    Lunch ]
13:00    KeynoteAshish Arora (Duke University).
Chair: Massimiliano Guerini (Politecnico Milano)
14:15    Panel 3: Next Steps in the Funding of a Science of Science and Innovation
Speakers: Henrik Barslund Fosse (Novo Nordisk Foundation), Carolin Paunov (OECD), Ken Emond (The British Academy), Dietmar Harhoff (Max Planck Institute).
Chair: Chiara Franzoni (Politecnico Milano)
15:45    Closing remarks
16:00    End


Presenters instructions:
Presenters of the Ideas Development sessions: please prepare a brief presentation of max 6 minutes.
If you plan to use slides (max 3 per presentation, including title), we ask you to email the slide deck in PowerPoint format by June 27 to:


  • Ashish Arora (Fuqua School of Business, Duke University)
  • Matthias Egger (Swiss National Science Foundation)
  • Jacqueline Ng Lane (Harvard Business School)
Ashish Arora (Fuqua School of Business at Duke University)

Ashish Arora is the Senior Associate Dean for Strategy and Rex D. Adams Professor of Business Administration at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. His research focuses on the economics of technology and technical change. Arora’s research has included the study of technology intensive industries such as software, biotechnology and chemicals, the economics of information security, and the role of patents and licensing in promoting technology startups. He has studied the rise of the software industry and the pharmaceutical industry in emerging economies. His current research focuses on the management of intellectual property and licensing in corporations, and innovation based entrepreneurship.

Matthias Egger (Swiss National Science Foundation)

Matthias Egger is the President of the National Research Council at the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). Since 2002, Egger has been a professor of epidemiology and public health at the University of Bern. Until 2016, he headed the university’s Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine. He has also been a Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Bristol in the UK since 2002. In 2017 he was elected President of the National Research Council of the SNSF. Between April and July 2020, he led the scientific task force advising the Swiss government on the COVID-19 pandemic. He is currently working on projects involving vaccination against Ebola, studies on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and cancer in southern Africa, as well as methodological projects.

Jacqueline Ng Lane (Harvard Business School)

Jackie Lane is an Assistant Professor in the Technology and Operations Management Unit at Harvard Business School. Jackie’s research examines how firms and scientific organizations can leverage open innovation and diversity in perspectives to generate and select novel and high-impact projects and ideas. In her academic work, she has partnered with organizations such as NASA, Harvard Medical School as well as other private high-technology organizations and digital platforms to design and run field experiments to solve their innovation problems and challenges.