Tag: funding

Complexity isn’t a vice!

Complexity isn’t a vice!

Oftentimes I am asked for 500-word explanations of political issues. I’d rather use 500 words to explain why I won’t do it. Continue reading “Complexity isn’t a vice!”

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Are “excellence”-based funding schemes really working?

Are “excellence”-based funding schemes really working?

Germany’s Excellence Strategy programs

Over the last months, the GWK (the Joint Research Conference) – an agency in which the federal government and the state governments (die Länder) make decisions on federal research programs – worked on launching the Excellence Strategy meant to boost Germany’s research profile. The programs need to be approved by Angela Merkel’s cabinet on June 16th. Today, a debate on this topic will take place in the German Lower House of Representatives (Bundestag). Continue reading “Are “excellence”-based funding schemes really working?”