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Our mission is to improve the funding and practice of science.

Funding agencies should engage in bold experimentation to reduce bureaucracy, fund new ideas, and speed up innovation. Moreover, they should make much more data available so that independent scholars can evaluate the results.

For more on these ideas, read our Good Science Funding Manifesto.

The Good Science Project engages in communications and public advocacy towards these goals. Our theory of change is that communications can affect the course of public debate, and ultimately influence policymakers.

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Reducing Unnecessary Bureaucracy

Federally-funded scientists spend too much of their time waiting to hear whether a proposal was approved, filing bureaucratic reports, etc. We need to streamline practices so that scientists can waste less time jumping through hoops, and spend more time on science.

Funding High-Risk, High-Reward Science

Breakthrough scientific ideas have often been unpopular, and can have particular trouble getting funded. We need to experiment with different funding mechanisms and peer review models to see what works, and what might be more open to new ideas.

Improving Scientific Quality

Too much low-quality science gets funded and published every year. Funding practices can actually create perverse incentives that encourage such work. Funders need to bend over backwards to incentivize good science rather than low-quality science.

Funding Exploration

Goal-directed research (such as a “cancer moonshot”) is often more popular than fundamental, exploratory research. Funders need to ensure that a substantial part of their portfolio goes to fundamental science, which sets the stage for advancement in the future.

Rebalancing the Research Enterprise

There are arguably too many people being trained as graduate students and post-docs compared to the number of academic positions available. At the same time, there are too few career options for people who would be excellent at managing research labs, writing research software, etc. We need to have better calibration between the number of trainees and the amounts and types of research careers available.

Latest Articles

June 28, 2022
The Efforts to Reform Research Bureaucracy To Date

In the first installment of this series, I wrote about the burden of administrative compliance on federally-funded […]

June 23, 2022
Unpacking the ‘Idea’ of Entrepreneurship: A Case Study in Successful Translational Medicine

by Eric Gilliam Executive Summary The term ‘valley of death’ is often used to describe the massive […]

June 14, 2022
A New Public Database for Chemistry

No one individual or organization has the incentive to produce free and large-scale databases that mostly benefit […]

June 10, 2022
We won the war on infectious diseases, but now we need to learn from it

by Eric Gilliam The annual rate of improvement in life expectancy was twice as fast in the […]

June 7, 2022
INTERVIEW: David Allison

David Allison is one of the most highly-regarded nutrition researchers in the U.S., and is currently the […]

June 2, 2022
The Burden of Administrative Compliance

Suppose you’re a new researcher who hasn’t yet been exposed to the vast array of regulations, reports, […]


Stuart Buck

Executive Director

Eric Gilliam



Brian Nosek

Co-Founder and Executive Director, Center for Open Science

Daniel Goroff

Vice President and Program Director, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Chonnettia Jones

Executive Director for Addgene

Michael Stebbins

President of Science Advisors


Prachee Avasthi

Co-founder and Chief Science Officer, Arcadia Science; Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Dartmouth

Philip Bourne

Dean, School of Data Science, University of Virginia; Former Assistant Director of Data Science, NIH

Daniel Correa

President, Federation of American Scientists

Tyler Cowen

Professor of Economics, George Mason University

Maryrose Franko

Executive Director, Health Research Alliance

Kumar Garg

Vice President of Partnerships, Schmidt Futures

Gregg Gonsalves

Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Yale

John List

Professor of Economics, University of Chicago; Chief Economist, Walmart

Olivia Rissland

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, Univ. of Colorado

Joseph Ross

Professor of Medicine and of Public Health, Yale

Heidi Williams

Professor of Economics, Stanford


The Good Science Project is currently funded by Patrick Collison and ACX Grants.


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