A vague set based decision support approach for evaluating research funding programs

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)656-665
Journal / PublicationEuropean Journal of Operational Research
Issue number3
Online published29 Apr 2013
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2013


Scientific Research Assessment (SRA) is receiving increasing attention in both academic and industry. More and more organizations are recognizing the importance of SRA for the optimal use of scarce resources. In this paper, a vague set theory based decision support approach is proposed for SRA. Specifically, a family of parameterized S-OWA operator is developed for the aggregation of vague assessments. The proposed approach is introduced to evaluate the research funding programs of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). It provides a soft and expansive way to help the decision maker in NSFC to make his decisions. The proposed approach can also be used for some other agencies to make similar assessment. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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  • Decision analysis, Decision support approach, OWA operator, Scientific research assessment, Vague set theory