Comrade Physioprof raises a point I’ve always wondered about:
…this old saw has been brandished:
Innovation is, and always was, higher in smaller/younger labs[.]
There is never any fucken evidence marshalled in support of this claim.
I’ll admit that smaller labs can be quick and nimble, especially in comparison to large research centers. On the other hand, larger groups often have the infrastructure and financial security to pursue high risk ideas without serious risk of being derailed.
Data would be nice. I would like to think that, were it available, someone would have cited it by now.
And while we’re on this subject, given the kerfuffle over whether NIH should allow re-resubmissions for proposals, are there any data on how productive re-resubmissions (‘A2′) are versus resubmissions and original proposal awardees? (Although A2s might falsely appear to be more productive only because they’ve had longer to prepare preliminary work, which would then be credited to the A2 award at publication).