The important thing is not to win, it is to take part: What if scientists benefit from participating in research grant competitions?
Michele Pezzoni and
Research Policy, 2019, vol. 48, issue 1, 84-97
“The important thing is not to win, it is to take part,” this famous saying by Pierre de Coubertin asserts that the value athletes draw from Olympic games lies in their participation in the event and not in the gold they collect during it. We find similar evidence for scientists involved in grant competitions. Relying on unique data from a Swiss funding program, we find that scientists taking part in a research grant competition boost their number of publications and average impact factor while extending their knowledge base and their collaboration network regardless of the result of the competition. Receiving the funds increases the probability of co-authoring with co-applicants but has no additional impact on the individual productivity.
Keywords: Competitive grants; Public funding evaluation; Scientific productivity; Scientific collaboration; Learning (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I23 O38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Working Paper: The important thing is not to win, it is to take part: What if scientists benefit from participating in research grant competitions? (2019)
Working Paper: The important thing is not to win, it is to take part: What if scientists benefit from participating in research grant competitions? (2018)
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