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How to Set Budget Caps for Competitive Grants

Alessandro De Chiaraa and Elisabetta Iossa

No 108, IEFE Working Papers from IEFE, Center for Research on Energy and Environmental Economics and Policy, Universita' Bocconi, Milano, Italy

Abstract: We study how funding agencies should set budget caps for competitive grants. We show that budget caps influence the researchers’ submission strategy and, in particular, whether they steer their project choice towards the agencies’ favorite projects, and the level of funds they request. The welfare impact of alternative approaches depends on the level of competition, the cost of public funds and the social value of project implementation.

Keywords: Competitive Grants; Procurement of Innovation; Project Choice; Research Funding; Research Tournament (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D8 O25 O30 O31 O38 L2 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ino, nep-mic and nep-ppm
Date: 2019
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