Saturday, March 07, 2009

Science by Earmark

To all those people whinging about John McCain's criticism of earmarks for scientific research:

When science funding is chosen on that basis of legislator's pet projects, and not by a peer review system, you get projects like this.

Your grandkids are going to be paying interest on that funding. Assuming that they don't die from measles first.

I'd love to see stats on citation rates comparing earmark 'science' vs competitively awarded science. Anyone with a handy link to such information?

1 comment:

Schlupp said...

Something tells me that Anonymous's links would not take me to a comparison between citations to research funded with ear marked money vs. competitively funded research. Just a hunch.