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Research in Arabic-speaking countries : funding competitions, international collaboration, and career incentives

Authors
  • Currie-Alder, B.
  • Arvanitis, Rigas
  • Hanafi, S.
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2018
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1093/scipol/scx048
OAI: oai:HAL:hal-04099767v1
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HAL
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Language
English
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Abstract

Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, and Qatar expanded research funds over the past two decades. The use of competitive calls required researchers to prepare and submit proposals for team-based projects or time-limited research units. Identification of national priorities and societal challenges sought to rally research toward real-world problems, while larger grants encouraged a wider range of research activities and greater levels of ambition. Yet, the incentives within hiring organizations still determine how researchers allocate their time and effort, including whether they even seek external funding or collaboration. Selection and evaluation criteria privileged collaboration with distant, scientifically proficient partners abroad, in order to connect with global networks and rise in international rankings of academic quality. Moving forward, countries need to consider how funding opportunities shape the size and organization of distinct research efforts, and which arrangements are best suited to making meaningful progress on different problems of societal and scientific interest.

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