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Glorified administrators or eminent research leaders: the inhibiting factors that publicly funded principal investigators experience in leading collaborative research projects

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dc.contributor.author Cunningham, James
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-14T12:18:53Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-14T12:18:53Z
dc.date.issued 2011-07
dc.identifier.citation Cunningham, J; O Reilly, P; O Kane, C; Mangematin, V (2011) Glorified Administrators or Eminent Research Leaders: The Inhibiting Factors that Publicly Funded Principal Investigators Experience in Leading Collaborative Research Projects. CISC, . en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10379/2571
dc.description.abstract Publicly funded research continues to be an important and critical source of research funding for Higher Education Institutions, public research organisations and industry with many benefits accruing to the various stakeholders. Key actors in delivering publicly funded research projects are Principal Investigators (PIs). PIs are responsible for all aspects of publicly funded research projects and are awarded grants based on their scientific eminence, past achievements, the quality of the proposal and articulated outcomes relating to the public funding calls. Becoming a publicly funded PI is seen as significant developing in a scientists career. Despite their importance, PIs have not been the focus of empirical investigation and the research eminence play is a significant consideration in awarding grants by funding agencies. The combination of increased level of competition for publicly funded research and a more managerialist approach being adopted by Higher Education Institutions, coupled with industry influences has heightened the expectations associated with the role of PI. This paper provides evidence of the inhibiting factors that Principal Investigators experience in leading collaborative publicly funded national and international research projects as well as the tensions it creates for them. The inhibiting factors that we have unearthed are political and environmental, institutional and project based. We have found the optimal balance for publicly funded PIs of conducting, leading and administrating research is significantly skewed towards administrative and managerial issues. The inhibiting factors that publicly funded PIs experience has the potential to undermine the 'ethos of science (Merton, 1968), research autonomy and the prioritization of discovery by scientists. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher CISC en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries CISC Working Papers;41
dc.subject CISC Working Papers en_US
dc.subject Publicly funded research en_US
dc.subject Principal investigators en_US
dc.subject Inhibiting factors en_US
dc.subject Research leadership en_US
dc.subject Research management en_US
dc.subject Ethos of science en_US
dc.title Glorified administrators or eminent research leaders: the inhibiting factors that publicly funded principal investigators experience in leading collaborative research projects en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US
dc.date.updated 2012-02-10T11:24:47Z
dc.description.peer-reviewed peer-reviewed
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dc.local.contact James Cunningham, Research Institute, Room 340, Cairnes Building, Nui Galway. 3472 Email: james.cunningham@nuigalway.ie
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