Funding organizations worldwide dedicate substantial resources to ensuring that only research of the highest rigor and quality receives funding. Their policies, evaluation criteria, selection processes, and programs directly impact how researchers plan, conduct, analyze, and disseminate their research. As major gatekeepers, funders play a key role in fostering transparency and integrity of research and innovation, while restricting questionable and poor research practices.
What strategies of funders have been effective (or ineffective) in eliciting support from researchers and buy-in from institutional leadership? Should the stakeholders of the research ecosystem cooperate more closely when striving to improve research quality?
These and other questions will be discussed by a high-profile panel:
Julika Griem, Literary Studies, Vice President of the German Research Foundation
Michael Lauer, Medicine/Biostatistics, Deputy Director for Extramural Research, National Institutes of Health
Arthur Lupia, Political Science, Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan
Marcia McNutt, Geophysics, President of the National Academy of Sciences
Martin Zettersten, Cognitive Psychology, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton University
Ulrich Dirnagl, Clinical Neurosciences, Director of the BIH QUEST Center & Head of the Department of Experimental Neurology, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Tracey Weissgerber, Group Leader, QUEST Center for Responsible Research, Berlin Institute of Health at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
The discussion will be followed by the festive presentation of the 2021 Einstein Foundation Award for Promoting Quality in Research. Due to the pandemic the award-giving ceremony was postponed to 2022.
Paul Ginsparg, recipient of the Individual Award, representatives of the Center of Open Science (COS), recipient of the Institutional Award, and Jessica Kosie & Martin Zettersten, recipients of the Early Career Award, will be present for the ceremony.