Cross-Sectoral Mobility Funding and the Challenge of Immersion: The Case of SSH

Tomas Hellström, Christina Hellström

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Project funding rarely demands much change on behalf of the recipient. In contrast, cross-sectoral mobility funding requires recipients to change their environment and often some aspects of their research. There is a need to understand the impact on the researchers’ experiences as knowledge producers within such programs, as part of the broader potential and significance of cross-sectoral mobility funding. This study draws on interviews with participants of the Swedish ‘Flexit’ program in order to develop a framework for assessing the dynamics and efficacy of such funding instruments. To do this, we develop a framework for understanding their cognitive effects; especially their ‘immersive’ potential, i.e., their ability to naturally involve the participant in their new setting. It proposes two dimensions along which such an assessment can take place: how the instrument challenges participants’ knowledge production practices, and the level of immersion that participants are subject to as part of the program.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-407
Number of pages19
Issue number3
Early online date2020 Mar 5
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Sept

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Free keywords

  • Experience
  • Funding instrument
  • Immersive
  • Impact
  • Methodology
  • Research funding
  • SSH


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