CMH Seminar: 20th March 2015 – Peering inside the black box of research funding

12.00-1.30pm, Fri 20th March 2015
Lecture Theatre 2, Level B1, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

A/Prof Adrian Barnett, Queensland University of Technology. Adrian Barnett is a statistician who specialises in studies of environmental health and decision making.
He is on the editorial boards of Epidemiology, Environmental Health Perspectives
and BMJ Open. He is on the scientific review committee of the Australian Centre for
Health Services Innovation and helped design their streamlined peer review system.

The success rate for the most recent NHMRC Project Grant round was a record low 15%. Winning funding is harder than ever, but the pressure to win is always high. This pressure drives researchers to spend long hours on proposals at the cost of doing actual research. I will present some of our group’s experiments in funding peer review and the results of our three surveys of the Australian Health and Medical research community. We aimed to find if the current funding scheme could be streamlined to be more efficient. We have also examined alternative forms of peer review, have experimented with giving researchers
transcripts of the panel discussion, and have examined ways to reduce the number of applications.

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RSVP not required. All other enquiries to Gemma Catley, Tel: 03 8344 0908.

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