I was reading a paper online, and in a footnote, it read:
The author is supported by NSF grant DMS-0649473 and by a Simons Investigator Award.
Then it hit me, this information is completely useless to me as a reader. Why would I care what kind of funding the author have? The author for this instance has had every single kind of funding you can imagine, and at no time in my life was I ever interested in knowing any of it. This must be useful information for someone else.
But this is not the only place I see funding information being mentioned. In research posters, you tend to see a list of funding sources being mentioned at the top or the bottom of the poster, like brand names with their own little logos and everything. Again, they are completely meaningless to me. Sometimes I would recognise one of the sources of funding, but there usually isn’t a clear-cut relationship between the fund and the project, especially since a lot of them are government grants.
Can someone explain to me what would motivate one to mention his or her source of funding (or going even further by thanking the fund, award or grant)?