The aim of the course is to introduce PhD students to the research policy and funding landscape in a comparative perspective, in order to provide them with the information and competences needed for academic careers, particularly for what concern the acquisition of funding.
More specifically, the course will deal with the following topics:
The course will be organized in face-to-face lectures and presentations of relevant texts on the subject by students. Additionally, the course will include a group work where PhD students will have the opportunity to analyse a set of grant proposals and to share their experience in a final course workshop.
The course is structured as follow: 25 hour of class, more than 3 hour of practical work.
The schedule is as follows:
Lecture 1. Introduction to the course and to economics of science. Monday 28.01.2019, 13:00 – 16:00, room 351.
Lecture 2. Science, politics and society. Monday 04.02.2019, 13:00 – 16:00, room 351.
Lecture 3. Introduction to the case study and time for groupwork. Monday, 11.02.2019, 13:00 – 16:00, room A13.
Lecture 4. How public money is distributed. Monday, 18.02.2019, 13:00 – 16:00, room 351.
Lecture 5. Interacting with funding agencies and designing good proposals. Monday, 25.02.2019, 13:00 – 16:00, room 351.
Lecture 6. Proposals as argumentative texts. Tuesday, 26.02.2019, 13:00 – 16:00, room 351.
Lecture 7. Intermediary discussion of case studies and time for groupwork. Monday, 04.03.2019, 13:00 – 16:00, room 351.
Lecture 8. Final workshop: presentation of the case studies. Monday 08.04.2019, 9:00 – 13:00 – 16:00, room 351.
Literature and readings
Jongbloed, B. & Lepori, B. (2015). The funding of research in higher education: Mixed models and mixed results. In Souto-Otero, M., Huisman, J., Dill, D.D., de Boer, H., Oberai, A.S., Williams, L.(Ed.) Handbook of Higher Education Policy and Governance (pp. 439-461). New York: Palgrave.
Laudel, G. (2006). The art of getting funded: how scientists adapt to their funding conditions. Science and Public Policy, 33(7), 489-504.
Lepori, B. (2011). Coordination modes in public funding systems. Research Policy, 40(3), 355-367.
Lepori, B., Dinges, M., Reale, E., Slipersaeter, S., Theves, J. & Van den Besselaar, P. (2007). Comparing the evolution of national research policies: what patterns of change? Science and Public Policy, 34(6), 372-388.
Myers, G. 1990. Writing Biology. Texts in the Social Construction of Knowledge. Madison: The University of Winsconsin Press, chapter 2 “Social Construction in two Biologists’ Proposals”.
Viner N. Powell, Ph., Green R. (2004), Institutionalized bias in the award of research grants: a preliminary analysis revisiting the principle of cumulative advantage, Research Policy, 33, 443-454.