Study examined 38,000 reviews from 13,000 grant applications from all disciplines. When applicants choose reviewers > considerable bias. This is also concerning regarding #PeerReview for publications: many journals *require* authors to suggest reviewers.
. banned grant applicants from suggesting referees after data found applicant-suggested reviewers are 4 times more likely to give positive scores. My piece:
"... the acted quickly on its findings by banning grant applicants from being able to recommend referees." #ResearchOnResearch with clear implications for policy. News item by in
Peer reviewers are four times more likely to give a grant application an "excellent" or "outstanding" score when they are chosen by the grant’s applicants.
Breaking: Friends give friends higher ratings
The Swiss National Science Foundation, who conducted the study, acted quickly on its findings by banning grant applicants from being able to recommend referees.
'‘Friendly’ reviewers rate grant applications more highly' -> Wish I have more friends reviewing my grant application for #NHRMC and #ARC #academia #peerreview #funding
"Male reviewers gave higher scores than female reviewers did, and male applicants received higher scores than female applicants" -- Preprint notes that after relevant confounding variables are controlled, effects decrease sig
‘Friendly’ reviewers rate grant applications more highly