Episode 2 ─ Money Makes the World Go ‘Round

Being able to attract funding is a major factor in determining success in academia. While selection processes were introduced to help distribute money fairly, the current system is flawed: 1) applying for funding is time-consuming, 2) funding agencies prioritise research areas without involving early-career researchers, and 3) the selection process is unconsciously biased. Hence, there is a need to re-evaluate how funding is distributed.

How could a Fair Funding Framework be structured? Listen as postdocs within the field of diabetes and an expert discuss the challenges and possible solutions.

Fair Funding Framework: The Fair Funding Framework is part of the solution proposed by the challenge group to provide a set of guidelines for funding bodies to make funding application and review processes fair and to promote standardization. In the podcast episode, the group provides the details of the framework.

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  • Hermina Jakupovic, PhD student, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Hande Topel Batarlar, Postdoc, University of Southern Denmark 

  • Expert
    Allan Flyvbjerg, CEO of the Steno Diabetes Center in Copenhagen; Chair of the Board of the Danish Diabetes Academy; Clinical Professor at the University of Copenhagen 

  • Host
    Gretchen Repasky, Communications Director, Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine and University of Helsinki

The postdocs represent the challenge group of

  • Ben Stocks, Postdoc, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Claire Lyons, Postdoc, Lund University, Sweden

  • Erin Brown, Postdoc, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Julie Abildgaard, Postdoc, TrygFondens Center for Aktiv Sundhed, Denmark

  • Lars Jorge Díaz, Statistician, Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen

  • Sam Scott, Postdoc, University of Bern, Switzerland


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