How can we change the incentives and funding structures within science to produce more breakthrough research?
The U.S. federal government is the single largest source of science funding in the world. Despite how much we’re spending, we know surprisingly little about how the structures, incentives, and organizational models within science impact the results we get.
We need more experimentation and diversification in the way the U.S. government funds cutting-edge science. And we need to do a better job of funding young and talented scientists to work on their most ambitious, highest expected value ideas.