Great article by my friend Jonathan. I’m working on a response using analogue analogies!
World of Warcraft screencap by Natalie Ford (https://www.flickr.com/photos/natalief)
People often say that research, and particularly research funding, is a bit of a game. It isn’t meant as a compliment.
When people say this, they are usually complaining about being excluded. They go on to talk about how you need to be ‘in the know’, about how people on funding bodies give money to their ‘mates’. Often they spend a fair amount of energy trying to work out how to game the system.
Not surprisingly, I don’t subscribe to those views.
I subscribe to the view that research funding agencies work hard to make sure that they are as fair as they can be. I believe that, while there are historical biases in most systems of funding, they do a very good job of channelling funds to the best researchers available. And that, in general, our funding models serve…
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