National strategy for framing and prioritizing environmental protection research and development topics

Adi Wolfson, Ofira Ayalon, Daniel Madar

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One of the key methods for implementing the sustainability model in practice includes environmental vision and policy, goal setting, preference areas, and setting environmental research and development (ER&D) priorities. There are different ways to identify and prioritize the R&D of governments or international bodies, yet we have not found a comprehensive study or strategy regarding the framing and prioritization of ER&D at a national level. The aim of the study was to present a methodological approach, principles, and criteria for the prioritization of national ER&D. The study was initiated with a comprehensive literature review, including studies reported by a wide range of entities and countries, followed by the identification of eight principles to select ER&D priorities. Finally, each of the environmental issues was ranked in the frame of every principle, based on a quantitative criterion or criteria, considering global challenges, local needs, and capabilities.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7420
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number18
StatePublished - 2 Sep 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was funded by the Israeli Ministry of Science & Technology grant number 5/2017. And the APC was funded by Samuel Neaman Institute and Sami Shamoon College of Engineering.

Funding Information:
Innovation, which deals essentially with finding new solutions to existing or new needs and challenges, is one of the main attributes of academic research. Within this project, research innovation was measured based on the number of projects funded in each topic under the European Horizon 2020 R&D budget. According to this index, the more projects funded, the higher the grade. The Horizon 2020 budget was chosen for scoring because it is the most extensive R&D funding program in the world in terms of both topics and budget. In addition, information is available for this program, and the use of information from one R&D funding program allows uniformity in scoring across various subjects.

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© 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.


  • Environmental research and development
  • Strategic model
  • Survey methodology
  • Sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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