TIP - The Cruel World of Funding Peer Review

Article published by Jonathan O'Donnell at The Research Whisperer, November 21, 2017.

Early career researchers face a cruel world these days. Even though they are an increasingly diverse cohort, they are still generally imagined as young, full-time academics without significant outside commitments. They aren’t. Many of them have significant responsibilities outside of work, taking care of children and elderly parents or working on limited visas, far from home. Most of them have no secure work, while being expected to take on increasing levels of accountability. Their research outputs, their teaching performance and even their scholarly engagement with the world are under intense scrutiny and evaluation. 

All this has interesting ramifications for the peer review system that we use for government grants. . . .

The full article is available here.