The planning of publicly funded research and development programmes can benefit from participatory foresight processes where research issues are evaluated with regard to multiple criteria. However, few approaches have been developed for the shaping of collaborative research networks through which the resulting priorities are implemented. We therefore develop a methodology for the
shaping of thematic priorities and prospective collaborative networks. Our methodology helps identify networks that are aligned with the thematic priorities and consist of research groups with shared interests. The proposed PRM-Networking approach is demonstrated with a case study on the planning of a multi-national research programme.
Keywords: multiple criteria decision analysis, project portfolio optimisation, collaborative network design, technology foresight, R&D programmes, networking, priority setting, ERA-NET, RPM, robust portfolio modelling