NSF Grant Funds Michael Madison's Collaborative Efforts to Build Research Coordination Network

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Michael Madison, professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh, is co-leading a novel research collaborative called The Governing Knowledge Commons Project, which received a National Science Foundation award to support their efforts to build a research coordination network. 

The other co-principal investigators are Brett Frischmann, the Charles Widger Endowed University Professor in Law, Business and Economics, at Villanova University's Charles Widger School of Law; and Katherine Jo Strandburg, the Alfred B. Engelberg Professor of Law at New York University's School of Law.

This NSF-funded project will extend existing research, supporting a new network designed to build a research community to advance the work systematically and scientifically. 

This network, funded by a $350,000 grant, will assemble researchers from around the world and from law, the social and behavioral sciences, computer science, and engineering, allowing them to coordinate, integrate and communicate research across multiple disciplinary and organizational boundaries.

The project, which will take place over three years, will facilitate a series of focused working conferences, each organized around a specific subject matter, as well as a capstone convergence conference bringing the entire network and its research together.

“It’s an exciting time for knowledge commons research. IP law focuses on exclusive property rights. We’re focused on the power of collaboration. I’m thrilled by the recognition by the NSF and what these resources offer to the future of the field and to the future of technology policy,” said Madison.