February 9, 2014
Researchers Resist Pressure to Show Impact of Their Work
Applicants for government support, required to demonstrate the benefits of their research, say the measures are too narrowly defined
U. of Nottingham
A few years ago, Philip Moriarty, a professor of physics at the University of Nottingham, had had enough.
Mr. Moriarty was a member of a peer-review body for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, one of the agencies in Britain that control the purse strings of academic research. In 2009 the council began to require that applicants for grants include a "pathways to impact" statement outlining the potential economic and societal effects of