Science Funding

Policy Considerations for Random Allocation of Research Funds

There are now several proposals for introducing random elements into the process of funding allocation for research, and some initial implementation of this policy by funding bodies. The proposals have been supported on efficiency grounds, with …

Science funding is a gamble so let's give out money by lottery

Researchers in universities mostly get paid through competitive grants from governments: they write proposals detailing the research they want to do, and other researchers review these proposals and decide which ones should get funded (the process is …

Centralized funding and epistemic exploration

Computer simulation of an epistemic landscape model, modified to include explicit representation of a centralized funding body, show the method of funding allocation has significant effects on communal trade-off between exploration and exploitation, …

Science funding is a gamble so let’s give out money by lottery

Science is expensive, and since we can’t fund every scientist, we need some way of deciding whose research deserves a chance. So, how do we pick? At the moment, expert reviewers spend a lot of time allocating grant money by trying to identify the …

Funding science by lottery

Motivated by recent criticisms of the low reliability and high costs of science funding allocation by grant peer review, the paper investigates the alternative of funding science by lottery, and more generally the possible introduction of a formal …

Breaking the grant cycle: On the rational allocation of public resources to scientific research projects

The thesis presents a reformative criticism of science funding by peer review. The criticism is based on epistemological scepticism, regarding the ability of scientific peers, or any other agent, to have access to sufficient information regarding the …

Simulating Science Funding

Agent-based simulation of a community of investigators on an epistemic landscape with a central source of funding.

Why We Still Need Grant Peer Review

A comment on "From funding agencies to scientific agency" by Bollen et al.

SimScience, The Science Simulator

A silly web game made to explore the concept of authority in scientific decisions.