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Not so fast with fast funding

Holmes, Abigail and Rubin, Hannah (2022) Not so fast with fast funding. Accountability in Research. ISSN 0898-9621

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In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many have become increasingly dissatisfied with how science funding is distributed. Traditional grant funding processes are seen as stifling the creativity of researchers, in addition to being bureaucratic, slow, and inefficient. Consequently, there have been increasing popular calls to make “fast funding” – fast, unbureaucratic grant applications – a new standard for scientific funding. Though this approach to funding, implemented by Fast Grants, has been successful as a pandemic response strategy, we believe there are serious costs to its wide-scale adoption, particularly for transparency and equity, and that the purported benefits – increased creativity and efficiency – are unlikely to materialize. While traditional funding mechanisms are certainly not perfect, scientific communities should think twice before adopting fast funding as a new standard for funding.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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CreatorsEmailORCID
Holmes, Abigailaholmes3@nd.edu0000-0003-2841-3678
Rubin, Hannahhannahmrubin@gmail.com0000-0002-0270-9182
Keywords: science funding, science policy, philosophy of science, science of science, metascience
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Biomedical Ethics
General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Dr Hannah Rubin
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2022 00:49
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2022 00:49
Item ID: 21312
Journal or Publication Title: Accountability in Research
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/08989621.2022.2129016
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Biomedical Ethics
General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: October 2022
ISSN: 0898-9621
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21312

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