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BMBF Project: Q-KNOW

BMBF Project: Q-KNOW - Relational Quality

Developing Quality through Collaborative Networks and Collaboration Portfolios

How does the quality of science develop through collaborations? The collaborative project Q-KNOW seeks answers to that question. Focusing on co-authored papers by scientists in different organizations, we investigate in a mixed-methods-design how scientific publication patterns developed according to the proportion and impact of interorganizational collaborative networks, depending on the collaboration portfolios among organizations in Germany and how these patterns are leveraged to enhance scientific quality at organizational level.

Project Period: 1st June 2019 - 30th June 2022
Project Lead: Prof. Dr. Anna Kosmützky
Project Team
Leibniz Universität Hannover

Prof. Dr. Anna Kosmützky 

Sarah-Rebecca Kienast, MA

Joelle Wirtz, B.A.

Lena Schroeder, B.A.

Project Team
University of Luxembourg

Prof. Dr. Justin W. Powell

Dr. Jennifer Dusdal

Jutta Emilia Koskinen, MA

Project Team 
Universität Mannheim

Prof. Dr. Achim Oberg

Olaf Kellermeier

Pavel Dimitrov Chachev, M.A.

Sarah-Rebecca Kienast, M.A.

A brief overview of the project

The LCSS Project

The subproject that is carried out at the LCSS analyses the organizational conditions and discipline-specific understandings of quality of selected collaboration portfolios. In the first step, document-based organizational profiles of organizational development, the governance (self-administration and external control), the cultural orientation, and the disciplinary profile and thematic foci of each organization will be created. In the second step, organizational facilitating conditions of collaborations and discipline-specific understandings of quality will be gathered through interviews. This activity will enable the systematic comparison of the cases and provides the foundation for an encompassing assessment of the potential for developing “relational quality” through collaborations – as well as the corresponding recommendations.


  • Q-KNOW Project Workshop 2020: How does the quality of science develop through research collaborations? During this inaugural Q-KNOW project workshop (24/25 September 2020), which was organized virtually by the Luxembourg team, participants with different roles and functions in science, research, and administration discussed innovative funding mechanisms to support researchers in developing their collaborations across boundaries. Participants discussed the importance of organizational support and characteristics of contemporary international and interdisciplinary research collaborations, leading to further questions to be addressed in the Q-KNOW project on relational quality. A summary of the workshop (in German) can be downloaded here

  • Paper Presentation Sunbelt 2020, Monday, 13. July: "Developing Relational Quality trough International Collaborative Networks in the German Higher Education and Science System"

  • Project presentation, 5th & 6th December 2019: Kick-Off-Event of the BMBF-funding
    line „Developing Quality in Science“ at the University of Applied Sciences Dresden