Input-based funding system

definition

For input-based funding systems, public funds are provided to meet the costs of the inputs into the institution, for example, staff salaries, equipment, consumable items, buildings. Institutional managers are required to spend the funds on the inputs for which they are provided, but within these constraints it is [the organisation, for example the university} which decides what outputs to produce (Sanyal and Martin, 1998: 9)

example of use

The funding scheme for public universities offers a mixed picture and the lack of reform is somewhat baffling for adherents to isomorphism theory. In the pre-Bologna phase, public HE funding in Poland was exclusively input based (Dobbins and Knill, 2009: 420).

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