A study of the influence of blind peer review on the nature and outcomes of funded research
CFA has been awarded a grant from the Villum Foundation to study the effects of a relatively new and novel grant form, Villum Experiment, that seeks to promote unorthodox and innovative research projects. Among the key features of the funding instrument, which was first awarded in 2017, are that applications are assessed through a blind review process where reviewers do not know the identity of applicants, that reviewers assess the applications independently of each other, and also have the option of choosing one application for support, regardless of scores by other reviewers (“golden ticket”).
The study will focus on:
For all of these four aspects, this grant could potentially have effects that differ from standard grant types based on conventional peer-review processes. And a key cross-cutting theme across these aspects is originality; i.e. to what extent does the Villum Experiment promote and generate original research?
The study will in particular seek to answer the following questions:
Project participants: Mathias W. Nielsen.