How Should We Fund Science?

Date
Thu, Jun 30 2022, 1:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Location
SIEPR Koret-Taube Conference Center, Room 130
366 Galvez Street, Stanford
[In-person session]
Organized by
  • Matthew Clancy, Institute for Progress
  • Tyler Cowen, George Mason University
  • Emily Oehlsen, Open Philanthropy
  • Carolyn Stein, University of California, Berkeley
  • Caleb Watney, Institute for Progress
  • Heidi Williams, Stanford University

The institutions that fund science are in favor of research, evidence, risk-taking, and openness.  Yet the structures we use to fund science are generally not evidence-based, and concerns abound that traditional funding mechanisms are biased towards funding low-risk, incremental research.  Very little academic research is available to inform the question of how best to fund science, and the academic research that is available tends to be quite narrowly focused – e.g. estimating how many publications are produced by the marginal NIH grant – rather than speaking to broad questions about how best to structure the system we use to fund science.  This panel will discuss these and related issues, with an eye towards highlighting opportunities for research.

In This Session

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Jun 30

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PDT

Check-In and Lunch

Jun 30

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm PDT

Panel Discussion: How Should We Fund Science?

Moderator: Heidi Williams, Stanford University

Panelists:

  • Matthew Clancy, Institute for Progress
  • Tyler Cowen, George Mason University
  • Emily Oehlsen, Open Philanthropy
  • Carolyn Stein, University of California, Berkeley
  • Caleb Watney, Institute for Progress