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Policy Considerations for Random Allocation of Research Funds

Avin, Shahar (2017) Policy Considerations for Random Allocation of Research Funds. [Preprint]

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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 models, including social epistemology models, showing random allocation could increase the generation of significant truths in a community of scientists when compared to funding by peer review. The models in the literature are, however, fairly abstract (by necessity). This paper introduces some of the considerations that are required to build on the modelling work towards a fully-fledged policy proposal, including issues of cost and fairness.


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Avin, Shaharsa478@cam.ac.uk0000-0001-7859-1507
Keywords: science funding, random allocation, grant peer review, lottery, fairness, science policy
Subjects: General Issues > Science Policy
Depositing User: Shahar Avin
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2017 18:39
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2017 18:39
Item ID: 14238
Subjects: General Issues > Science Policy
Date: 4 November 2017
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14238

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