Does it pay to do novel science? The selectivity patterns in science funding.

SITE (Science, Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship)

Speaker:Charles Ayoubi, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Date: Wednesday 15 January 2020
Time: 10:30
Location: Streatham Court B

Further details

Public funding of science aims to provide the necessary investment for the radical scientific discoveries of tomorrow. This paper brings evidence that the funding process is not always awarding the most novel scientists. Exploiting rich data on all applications to a leading Swiss research funding program, we find that novel scientists have a higher probability of applying for funds than non-novel scientists, but they get on average lower ratings by grant evaluators and have lower chances of being funded.