Funding Opportunities

There are two broad funding opportunities in 2014 from the Research Program on the Economics of Knowledge Contribution and Distribution funded by the Sloan Foundation (see contributioneconomy.net for more details).

First, there are research grants available. The Research Program on the Economics of Knowledge Contribution and Distribution funded by the Sloan Foundation is looking for proposals for research related to the following topics:

* The impact of open scientific publication on research outcomes and dissemination.
* The motivations and constraints on the sharing of scholarly knowledge.
* Measures of scientific impact and interactions with research incentives, openness and career paths.
* Platforms for fostering scientific collaboration.
* Contractual mechanisms in the management and funding of scientific research.
* Equilibrium models of scientific disclosure and research diversity.
* Interactions between intellectual property protection, commercial concerns and scientific openness.
* The role of user-generated reviews.
* Studies on user-generated content including user behavior on platforms such as Wikipedia.

The proposals can be for theoretical or empirical contributions. Please email 2-page proposals to joshua.gans@gmail.com. Your proposal, in addition to the research question and proposed methodology, should clearly state intended outputs (e.g., a paper), a timeline and budget justification. Funds can be allocated to research assistance, data gathering, summer support and other normal research expenses.

Grants will be awarded in amounts between $5,000 and $20,000. We may award up to 10 grants in 2014.

Here is a list of grant recipients and projects for 2014. Holding a past grant is not a barrier to applying for a follow-on grant.

Please submit proposals for the 2014 calendar year by February 15, 2014.

Second, the Research Program on the “Economics of Knowledge Contribution and Distribution” has a post-doctoral fellowship position available for 2014-15. Candidates should have a recently completed PhD and have a research proposal related to the following areas.

  • The impact of open scientific publication on research outcomes and dissemination.
  • The motivations and constraints on the sharing of scholarly knowledge.
  • Measures of scientific impact and interactions with research incentives, openness and career paths.
  • Platforms for fostering scientific collaboration.
  • Contractual mechanisms in the management and funding of scientific research.
  • Equilibrium models of scientific disclosure and research diversity.
  • Interactions between intellectual property protection, commercial concerns and scientific openness.
  • The role of user-generated reviews.
  • Studies on user-generated content including user behavior on platforms such as Wikipedia.

Please send your CV and proposal to Joshua Gans (joshua.gans@gmail.com) by February 15, 2014.

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