EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Similar-to-me Effects in the Grant Application Process: Applicants, Panelists, and the Likelihood of Obtaining Funds

Albert Banal-Estañol, Qianshuo Liu, Ines Macho-Stadler and David Perez-Castrillo

No 1289, Working Papers from Barcelona School of Economics

Abstract: We analyse if and how the characteristics of grant research panels affect the applicants' likelihood of obtaining funding and, especially, if particular types of panels favor particular types of applicants. We use the award decisions of the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). We show that not only applicants' but also panels' characteristics matter. Panels of higher quality, in terms of prior research performance, for instance, as well panels that include more female members or members of Mongoloid origin, are tougher than others. Our main results indicate that panel members tend to favor more (or penalise less) applicants with similar characteristics to them, as the similar-to-me hypothesis suggests. We show, for instance, that the quality of the applicants is more critical for panels of the highest quality than for panels of relatively lower quality, that basic oriented panels tend to penalise applied-oriented applicants, and that panels with less female members tend to penalise teams with more female applicants.

Keywords: funding organization; scientific evaluation; similar-to-me; panel composition; research grants (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I23 O32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021-09
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-sog
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations:

Downloads: (external link)
https://bse.eu/sites/default/files/working_paper_pdfs/1289.pdf (application/pdf)

Related works:
Working Paper: Similar-to-me effects in the grant application process: Applicants, panelists, and the likelihood of obtaining funds (2021) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:bge:wpaper:1289

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in Working Papers from Barcelona School of Economics Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Bruno Guallar ().

 
Page updated 2024-06-08
Handle: RePEc:bge:wpaper:1289