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The Important Thing is not to Win, it is to Take Part: What If Scientists Benefit from Participating in Competitive Grant Races?

Charles Ayoubi, Michele Pezzoni and Fabiana Visentin

No 2017-27, GREDEG Working Papers from Groupe de REcherche en Droit, Economie, Gestion (GREDEG CNRS), Université Côte d'Azur, France

Abstract: The famous saying by Pierre de Coubertin asserts that the value athletes draw from Olympic competitions lies in their participation and not in the gold they collect. We find similar evidence for scientists taking part in grant races. Relying on unique data from a Swiss funding program, we find that a scientist participating in a grant application process boosts her number of publications, average impact factor, learning, and collaboration network regardless of the results 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)
Pages: 61 pages
Date: 2017-09
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