Séminaire GREDEG - Michele Pezzoni (Université Côte d'Azur)

How research trajectory choices affect funding success
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Michele Pezzoni, Maître de conférences, GREDEG

Title: How research trajectory choices affect funding success

Authors: Charles Ayoubi, Sandra Barbosu, Michele Pezzoni and Fabiana Visentin

Abstract: When researchers decide on their next research subject, they can make a coherent choice continuing to pursue their previous research or they can open a new research avenue. Moreover, they can choose a subject aligned to state-of-the-art science in their field or investigate a more rooted subject.

This paper assesses how the choice of the research subject is rewarded by the scientific community. To do that, we explore unique data from the Sloan Research Fellowship grant, a prestigious fellowship awarded to early-stage US researchers. By analyzing the text of 2,494 applications we find that, on average, the alignment with the state-of-the-art science is positively rewarded with the fellowship, while coherence with previous research does not count. Interestingly, there is heterogeneity across fields.

In life science and chemistry, the coherence with the previous research is positively rewarded as well as the alignment with the state-of-the-art science, while, in physics, both coherence and alignment do not affect the chances of being awarded the fellowship.