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Financial impact

The Bibliometric Research Indicator project (BFI in Danish) was launched in 2009 and is based on a political accord on the allocation of new public research funds (block grants) to the Danish universities. When fully implemented in 2012, 25% of the block grants will be allocated using the indicator.

How much is a point worth?

For a number of reasons it is not possible to determine exactly how much a point, and thus a given publication, is worth in terms of monetary value before the annual BFI-harvesting for the qualifying year has been performed.

First and foremost, the point value itself is a function of the size of the annual block grant and the total number of points earned collectively by the universities. In addition, points are fractionalized in the case of collaboration between researchers from different universities.

The BFI-harvesting is completed on the 1st of September the year after the qualifying year. For publications published in 2013, the BFI-harvest is completed on the 1st of September 2014.

How are the funds allocated?

The funds are allocated on the university level, and the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education recommend that funds are not distributed on a lower level inside the respective universities (e.g. to institutes and/or individual researchers) based on the BFI-model.

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