Category: Research funding

Inequality beyond representation in European research funding

Based on an analysis of EU funded research, Rachel Fishberg shows how inequalities continue to persist within the Global North research funding landscape and how attempts to create representative research projects can still reproduce research framed la…

Inequality beyond representation in European research funding

Based on an analysis of EU funded research, Rachel Fishberg shows how inequalities continue to persist within the Global North research funding landscape and how attempts to create representative research projects can still reproduce research framed la…

Four challenges for funding research with societal goals

Drawing on a recent study of systemic challenges to delivering research funding for societal change and evidence from a recent meeting of research funders, Andreas Kjær Stage, Carter Walter Bloch, Duncan Andrew Thomas, Maria-Theresa Norn and Irene Ramo…

How to make Theories of Change deliver societal impact

Theories of Change have become a popular mechanism for research funders to build impact into the design phase of research projects. Laurens Hessels, Fedes van Rijn, Stefan de Jong, Wendy Reijmerink, Jeroen van Houwelingen, Allison McIntosh, Gerald Jan …

Calls for new Manhattan Projects overlook crucial aspects of the World War II crisis innovation model

The Manhattan Project is often invoked as a model for mission-driven research projects, such as the search for a Covid-19 vaccine. Daniel P. Gross and Bhaven N. Sampat argue that the broader U.S. approach to mobilising science and technology in World W…

Why does impact still feel like an add-on to research designs?

Reflecting on his role as an academic and member of a research funding organisation, Duncan Green, considers how impact has in some ways still not become embedded in research culture and is often treated a bureaucratic hurdle to overcome. Because I hav…

If UKRI wants to support a diverse research environment, it should include independent researchers

Responding to the publication of UKRI’s EDI strategy, Helen Kara and Linda Baines argue that by excluding the work of independent researchers, the strategy will struggle to achieve its objective of promoting an inclusive research system. Earlier this y…

Paying to play – Professional academic communication should be factored into research funding

Reflecting on the ongoing professionalisation of academic communication and increased opportunities for researchers to engage, Andy Tattersall argues researchers and research funders should be mindful of the communication requirements of their projects…

Two minds better than one – Does research funding and support for collaboration lead to more innovative research?

A central tenet of research policy is that funding and the ability to form research collaborations produces better research. However, whilst this may hold true for incremental research building on existing knowledge, does it also support novel research…

Research funders can tackle research waste – Lessons from COVID-19 research

Whilst the COVID-19 pandemic promoted faster and more open research practices, it also revealed ongoing issues of research waste, and the widespread duplication of research efforts. Till Bruckner provides evidence for how research waste continues to im…