Quantitative research on the science sector
The science sector has been acquiring great significance for more and more areas of our society. This makes it all the more important for the science system to be structured and funded as advantageously as possible. To an increasing degree, questions regarding the quality and productivity of science and research are being addressed with the help of indicators from which information about quality, the factors that define it, and the factors that bring it about can be derived. One aim of the funding line "Quantitative research on the science sector" is to make even better use of such indicators' value for research on the science system – and, in the process, to develop new indicators where appropriate. Quantitative research in this context is designed to improve our understanding of the science system's workings, structural dependencies and dynamics. Where useful, it also illuminates the retroactive effects of data-based evaluation of research.