The problem with research funding: it’s not just money…

Paola Tubaro's Blog

DataIt is at least the third time I am confronted with this problem – submitting a proposal to a funder, being unsuccessful, and not being told why. Is my proposal flawed or is it simply addressing a topic that is less of a priority for them? And if it is flawed, is it because of its scientific contents or its project management plan? To what extent did my (and my collaborators’) past career affect the decision? I am sure all others in my job will have experienced similar frustration at least once… and my feeling is that this is becoming more and more frequent.

Applying for research funding should not just be like buying a lottery ticket – funders, whether public or private, national or international, should play a much more important role in advancing knowledge and supporting the research community. This should include, I believe, helping unsuccessful applicants understand…

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