How national science foundation rotators build up the ability of their colleagues to attract research resources

Christos Kolympiris, Sebastian Hoenen

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Abstract

We study whether scientists who move out of academia temporarily, affect their colleagues’ ability to attract research resources. To do so we are the first to exploit the National Science Foundation (NSF) rotation program under which NSF employs academics, called rotators, on loan from their university, to lead its peer review. We ask whether rotators upon return to their academic institution cause their colleagues to increase their NSF funding acquisition. Using difference-in-difference estimations we reveal causal evidence that rotator’s colleagues without NSF funding ex-ante raise approximately $120,000 more than similar scientists in similar academic units, identified via Coarsened Exact Matching, who do not have a rotator colleague ex-post. This effect strengthens with rotator’s helpfulness and tenure at their institution. Numerous tests and interviews ruling out competing explanations suggest that knowledge transfer from the rotator including hints on topics NSF is keen on funding is the causal mechanism driving the results.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2017
EditorsGuclu Atinc
PublisherAcademy of Management
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2017
Event77th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2017 - Atlanta, United States
Duration: 4 Aug 20178 Aug 2017

Publication series

NameAcademy of Management Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0065-0668
ISSN (Electronic)2151-6561

Conference

Conference77th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2017
CountryUnited States
CityAtlanta
Period4/08/178/08/17

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    Kolympiris, C., & Hoenen, S. (2017). How national science foundation rotators build up the ability of their colleagues to attract research resources. In G. Atinc (Ed.), 2017 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2017 (Academy of Management Proceedings). Academy of Management. https://doi.org/10.5465/ambpp.2017.68