In this study, we assess the practice of peer-review based project selection. The basic question is “do the best researchers get the funding”? In other words, do peer review based quality indicators predict success in receiving funding? The next question to be answered is about the peer review. Do peer reviewers indeed recognize the best researchers, and subsequently, is the decision of the research council based on the outcomes of peer review? Finally, we answer the question whether other factors influence the probability of receiving funding, such as the role of co-applicants, the effects of gender, and the effect of the discipline of the application.
Van den Besselaar, Peter & Loet Leydesdorff, Past performance as predictor of successful grant applications. The Hague, Rathenau Instituut SciSA rapport 0706