In this first run of the Research Funding Consultation we focus on science funding allocation as this is a topic all academics in The Netherlands are confronted with. In current debates on Recognition & Rewards in academia, we also see that this is an important ‘undercurrent’: who gets to have a grant? How does this impact the types of activities this person and surrounding colleagues get to do, as well as the person’s future career development opportunities?
We notice how public opinion in academia is currently dominated by these discussions, but we are not sure whether a loud minority or the broad community is engaging here. Furthermore, while recognizing we are in a situation with limited resources, we would like to not necessarily be restricted to the world as it is now, and hear how the broad community would ideally prioritize matters of research funding. The insights from this project will provide useful input for our policy-makers, who are actively looking into these topics at this moment.
More generally, we are looking into a way that can engage our broad community. To us, this would be the largest impact: to create a tool that allows a scalable and representative consultation on a wide variety of issues, that cannot only be run by us, but also e.g. by local communities and universities.