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Case Study 1: Expert Interviews with scientific staff in homogeneous and heterogeneous research clusters 


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Scientific Personnel (university administration, scholars in (partial) leadership roles or coordination roles) from completed and at the time of the data collection ongoing homogeneous or heterogeneous research clusters from nature, technology, life and social sciences as well as the humanities with different sizes and different funding backgrounds.

Survey Unit:
Scientific Staff 
Survey Data Type:
Qualitative Data 
Sampling Procedure:
Non-probability Sample: Purposive Sample 
Survey Method:
Expert Interviews 
Field Period:
Apr 1, 2019 - Aug 31, 2019
Net Sample Size:
n = 7

Research clusters were chosen on the basis of different levels of heterogeneity. Overall, four research clusters, which, together, contain all DFG study fields as well as completely different support programs, which consult a variety of agents, were considered. For every research cluster, 2-3 participants were interviewed, among them spokespersons, Principal Investigator, and where applicable management/coordination.

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