The Roots of Progress

Questions to ask about funding models

Previously: the importance of funding models, types of funding models.

To compare funding models for science and technology, and to understand their pros and cons, it will help to look at them along multiple axes. Here’s a list of questions it can be useful to ask about each model, system, or program, loosely grouped in a few categories:

Resources

Scope

Efficiency

Output

Diversification

Social pressures

More broadly, we can simply ask: what are the pressures and incentives in the system, and what do they lead to?


Broadly, when I look at the different institutional funding models, my impression is:

I’m treating these as guesses for now.

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