Foundations of Science

, Volume 13, Issue 2, pp 143–148 | Cite as

Steps from Erratic Projects towards Structured Programs in Research



Currently, research is mostly organized in research projects intended to provide results within a limited period of time. Here, small teams of scientists erratically define single scientific studies, write a proposal, and send it to the refereeing board. In case of a funding, the study is carried out and the results are published. To optimize the research and reduce the respective costs and/or raise the outcome, multiple research projects should be organized within a comprehensive research program. A meta-model (paradigm) can help comprise (a) the representation of the state-of-the-art decision knowledge, (b) the adding of new research questions, (c) the performing of trials to answer these questions, and (d) the revision of the current model. It will be discussed how to structure studies within research programs and these within one super-program.


Research projects Research programs Decision modeling Decision Making Decision support systems 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medical Informatics, Institute for Medical Biometry and InformaticsUniversity of HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany

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