What is the impact of research funding on research productivity?

Barnett, Adrian G., Graves, Nicholas, Clarke, Philip, & Blakely, Tony (2015) What is the impact of research funding on research productivity? [Working Paper] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

A research protocol for our prospective study of research funding.

How much research funding improves research productivity is a question that has relevance for all funding agencies and governments around the world. Previous studies have used observational data that compares productivity between winners of different amounts of funding, but researchers who win lots of funding are usually very different from those who win little or no funding. This difference creates potentially serious confounding which biases any estimate of the effect of funding based on observational data that simply compares research output for those who did and did not win funding. This means we do not currently know the return on investment for our research dollars, of which billions are invested around the world every year.

By using a study design that incorporates randomisation this will be the world’s first unbiased study of the impact of researcher funding.

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ID Code: 83127
Item Type: Working Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: research funding, randomised controlled trial, research career
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The author(s)
Deposited On: 08 Apr 2015 22:36
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2015 02:20

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