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Title (eng)

Rethinking Academia II. Funding scientific research: How to foster knowledge and innovation fairly and efficiently?

Publisher

  Österreichische Zentralbibliothek für Physik

Description

Rethinking Academia II. Funding scientific research: How to foster knowledge and innovation fairly and efficiently?

Mitschnitt einer gemeinsamen Veranstaltung der Universität Wien und des Instituts für Quantenoptik und Quanteninformation (IQOQI) am Dienstag, dem 21. Jänner 2020 im Lise Meitner-Hörsaal der Fakultät für Physik der Universität Wien

- Teil 1. Gregor Weihs: The Austrian Science Fund in the Austrian science landscape
- Teil 2. Markus Wilkens: European Quantum Flagship
- Teil 3. Miguel Navascués: Theoretical research without projects
- Teil 4. Panel discussion

Kamera: Mark Strempel, Daniel Winkler und Viktor Zdrachal
Schnitt: Daniel Winkler

Abstract: One of the cornerstones of modern academic research is the system by which funds are distributed to carry it forward. Currently, the allocation of funds within academia requires individual scientists or teams thereof to write research proposals that must illustrate the research that is planned to be carried out in the following years, the cost that it will entail, its impact, and even the problems that will be encountered during the process. The proposals are then subject to peer-review evaluation and eventually accepted or rejected. A timely matter of discussion is whether such a scheme is successful in keeping the funding system suitable and up-to-date to modern research. Are some research areas, such as the more foundational ones, discriminated by this allocation of funds? Is the current system effective to avoid discrimination towards minorities in science? To secure their careers, scientists have to apply, virtually every year and often unsuccessfully, to several calls for funding. Studies show that scientists spend on average about 150 hours for each proposal, resulting every year in an enormous amount of invested working time and energy. Are there more efficient alternatives? How can truly innovative projects be funded while requesting detailed predictions of the outcomes as well of the risks that they entail?

Object languages

English

Date

2020-01-21

Classification

ÖFOS 2002, Research and innovation management