50 Pages Posted: 16 Dec 2010 Last revised: 8 Feb 2011
Date Written: December 15, 2010
The legitimacy of decision-making procedures (peer review) at funding agencies for basic research depends heavily on the organisation’s ability to minimise distortions in approval probability – for example based on age, gender or research field – wherever possible. Due to human fallibility, erroneous decisions can never be ruled out entirely, but if systematic differences appear in the probability of funding approvals, then such differences either have to be eliminated by changing the decision-making procedure or they have to be made transparent and explainable. The purpose of this study is to examine any such systematic distortions in the decision-making process of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) for Stand-Alone Projects from 1999 to 2008.
Keywords: Peer Review, Funding Agency, Basic Research, Grant Application, Research Evaluation, Research Assessment
JEL Classification: H41, I21, L31, O31, O32
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Reckling, Falk J. and Fischer, Christian, Factors Influencing Approval Probability in Austrian Science Fund (FWF) Decision-Making Procedures - FWF Stand-Alone Projects Programme, 1999 to 2008 (December 15, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1725985 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1725985