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ZonMw Grant for Project on Competitive Research Funding

Herman Paul of the Leiden University Institute for History receives a € 150,000 grant from the Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) for a project on competitive research funding.

Together with co-applicant Dr. Gerben ter Riet, a clinical epidemiologist at AMC Amsterdam, Paul will supervise a two-year project aimed at finding out how scientists in different countries, different periods (before, during, and after the widespread implementation of competitive research funding), different disciplines, and different age groups perceive causal relations between competitive funding mechanisms and so-called questionable research practices (data massaging, selective citing, etc.).

The historical part of the project, which will be carried out by Dr. Pieter Huistra from Utrecht University, is closely connected to Paul’s ongoing Vidi project on language of virtue and vice in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century humanities.

The project entitled “Follow the Money: Does Competitive Research Funding Contribute to Questionable Research Practices?” is one of eight projects selected for funding by ZonMw in the context of its program, “Fostering Responsible Research Practices.”

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