On 27 September 2010 the first round of project allocation concluded with a total of 23 project proposals from ZEW researchers in cooperation with renowned international researchers having been submitted for consideration. The proposals were subject to an external evaluation conducted by the Scientific Board of the SEEK Research Programme.
Members of the Scientific Board include Daron Acemoglu (MIT), Bronwyn Hall (University of California at Berkeley & Maastricht University), Kai Konrad (MPI Munich), Josh Lerner (Harvard Business School), Steve Machin (University College London), Pierre Mohnen (UNU-MERIT & Maastricht University) and Fabrizio Zilibotti (University of Zurich).
The following nine project proposals received funding in the first round of the SEEK programme:
- Product Innovation under Uncertainty - The Effect of Dynamic Resource Allocation
- The Research Use Exemption from Patent Infringement – Boon or Bane?
- Interaction Between Innovation and Firm Dynamics and its Impact on Industry Structure and Economic Growth
- Patent Litigation in Europe
- How do Banks Screen Innovative Firms?
- Taxation and Corporate Innovation
- Firm Behavior Over the Product Life Cycle. Entry, Exit and Pricing Strategies on Online Price-Comparison Sites
- Anticipated Technology Shocks in the European Economies
- Induced Climate-related Innovations, Crowding out, and their Impacts on Competitiveness