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CIRSS Seminar - Using Grant Applications to Measure the Evolution of Collaborative and Non-Collaborative Research


Friday, September 18, 2020
4pm - 5pm

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Event Details

Session leaders: Jooho Lee, iSchool doctoral candidate
Description: In the science disciplines, grant funding is critical for advancement, and government research funding agencies actively encourage collaborative work, supporting thousands of research projects in the areas of science. While large-scale data have been analyzed to discover patterns of collaboration among whole populations and specific disciplinary groups, we still have much to learn about how collaboration affects an individual’s scientific progress. A key goal of this study is understanding similarities and differences of collaborative and non-collaborative projects in grant applications with a novel approach of semantic similarity. This study also provides fine-grain analysis of grants by examining how the grant evolves over the grant cycle of a grant project. The findings on this study indicate that once PIs start to collaborate, more than half of them keep collaborating on their next projects. In year-to-year progression of projects, grant applications in general shows no change within a grant cycle, and the tendency of no movement is exhibited regardless of collaboration status. The concluding part of this talk will connect insights from this work with the research in studying larger timeframes of grant applications to increase an understanding of the evolution in collaboration.

Bio: Jooho Lee is a doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois iSchool. She studies collaboration in biomedical grant funding, exploring the evolution of grant projects over time. She uses quantitative methods in her work by extracting information from textual data, measuring similarity between documents, and examining collaboration with novel methods. Her research has been presented at the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), iConference, American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), as well as the Research Showcase of the iSchool.

[Hosted by Cathy Blake.]