Key results of this study address the criteria used in talent assessment and more specifically the weight assigned to publications; the social and competitive nature of grant allocation processes; the role of gender in talent selection and gender differences in academic performance; and factors supporting or impeding academic careers.
This study feeds current debates on scientific quality and the growing competition for funding and academic positions with empirical arguments. It refl ects on the existing mechanisms of talent selection and ends with a discussion on the implications for higher education and science policyto uphold and stimulate academic talent.
van Arensbergen, P., Talent Proof: Selection Processes in Research Funding and Careers,
Den Haag, Rathenau Instituut 2014