Big vs. little science a follow up to the Canadian funding controversy

This is an interesting paper related to the controversy on funding strategy I blogged about last week. If we could predict the next big scientific break through we should focus funding on “excellence”, but if we can not predict it we should fund a wide range of projects. Well this paper adds some data to this discussion and concludes that there is only a weak effect of funding volume on scientific output. Something to think about!


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