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Centralised Funding and the Division of Cognitive Labour

Avin, Shahar (2016) Centralised Funding and the Division of Cognitive Labour. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

Project selection by funding bodies directly influences the division of cognitive labour in scientific communities. I present a novel adaptation of an existing agent-based model of scientific research, in which a central funding body selects from proposed projects located on an epistemic landscape. I simulate four different selection strategies: selection based on a god's-eye perspective of project significance, selection based on past success, selection based on past funding, and random selection. Results show the size of the landscape matters: on small landscapes historical information leads to slightly better results than random selection, but on large landscapes random selection greatly outperforms historically-informed selection.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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Avin, Shaharsa478@cam.ac.uk0000-0001-7859-1507
Keywords: research funding, science funding, grant peer review, social epistemology, epistemic landscape
Subjects: General Issues > Science Policy
Depositing User: Shahar Avin
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2016 13:42
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2016 13:42
Item ID: 12524
Subjects: General Issues > Science Policy
Date: 1 March 2016
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12524

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