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ERIC Number: EJ1038580
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0026-4695
Competitive Research Grants and Their Impact on Career Performance
Bloch, Carter; Graversen, Ebbe Krogh; Pedersen, Heidi Skovgaard
Minerva: A Review of Science, Learning and Policy, v52 n1 p77-96 Mar 2014
The role of competitive funds as a source of funding for academic research has increased in many countries. For the individual researcher, the receipt of a grant can influence both scientific production and career paths. This paper focuses on the importance of the receipt of a research grant for researchers' academic career paths utilizing a mixed methods approach that combines econometric analysis with in-depth qualitative interviews. The analysis has novel elements both in terms of its subject (impact of funding grants on individuals' academic career paths) and approach. The results of this study indicate that while research grants have a positive impact on the research performed under the grant itself, there are very important secondary effects on research performance through positive effects on academic career advancement. The probability of obtaining a full professorship for grant recipients is almost double that for rejected applicants, 16 percent compared to 9 percent. The probability for career advancement in general is about 9 percentage points higher for grant recipients. Qualitative interviews support these quantitative results by providing insights into how grants impact research careers, through heightened status, recognition, networking and other factors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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