Beyond that, other elements of the selection procedure, such as the ease with which applications can be submitted, have certainly contributed to the continuing high level of interest shown by applicants. In the course of our research, we will continue to keep a close eye on the conducive framework conditions for randomized procedures.
Where do we go from here?
Martina Röbbecke: As soon as possible, we want to discuss our initial results with other researchers. For this purpose and for an exchange of experiences with international guests, we are planning a workshop in mid 2021, to which representatives of funding organizations and policy-makers will also be invited. However, most importantly, we will conduct further interviews with the funding recipients – and also take the opportunity to discuss with them what impact the corona pandemic is having on their research work.