Most scientists prefer small and mid-sized research grants

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Scientists’ own perspectives on research funding are often missing. To address this, we surveyed Danish scientists about their ideal research grant. In contrast to a trend towards larger grants, most surveyed scientists prefer small or mid-sized grants to pursue their ideas and advance their scientific careers.

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Fig. 1: Respondents distributed according to the size of their ideal next grant (N = 451).
Fig. 2: Respondents distributed according to their assessment of the minimum duration of the project necessary to realize the project goals (N = 455).


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Dimke, H., Norn, M.T., Christiansen, P.M. et al. Most scientists prefer small and mid-sized research grants. Nat Hum Behav 3, 765–767 (2019) doi:10.1038/s41562-019-0643-1

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