Exploring the effect of overlapping institutional applications on panel decision-making

Cornelia Lawson, Ammon Salter

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


The assessing of a pool of competing projects is a challenging task for scientific panels at funding agencies. Using a large-scale and rich data from a broad set of panels from the UK’s largest research council, we explore whether scientific panels treat overlapping applications from the same institution in a selection round differently. Building on previous research that suggested that panels may favour institutional diversity in funding outcomes, we find that applications at the margin of the funding decision are less likely to be funded when an application from the same institution is also funded. However, we find little evidence of welfare losses associated with this outcome. The implications of these findings for understanding the role of panels in shaping of scientific funding are also examined.
Original languageEnglish
Article number104868
JournalResearch Policy
Issue number9
Early online date9 Aug 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2023


  • Funding decisions
  • Research grants
  • Distributional justice
  • Selection panels

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Institute of Innovation Research


Dive into the research topics of 'Exploring the effect of overlapping institutional applications on panel decision-making'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this