In academia, one of the best ways to get funding for projects is to write proposals for research projects.
However, there is not much transparency in the process. For intellectual property reasons, many departments won't make their grant proposals for specific grants public. Unfortunately, this has an added side effect of not knowing some important facts about the process as a whole.
Some questions I'm interested in answering:
- How likely is it for certain schools to receive rewards over others? What is the percentage chance you have of getting an award if you apply? (Total grants received / Total grants applied for each school)
- What is the popularity of various grant applications? How many schools are applying, for how much money?
- What is the likelihood of being awarded a grant based on gender, race, or professional status?
Does anyone know if data like this is available for any of the U.S. government grant systems, particularly for university research?
Furthermore, it seems like one could also run a similar analysis on "awards", which might be harder to analyze... (Difference between grants and awards)