Project proposals out in the open

When I took up my fellowship in March, I posted the project proposal of the fellowship on my website. My main reason for doing this was to let others know what I planned to work on in the years to come.

In the last few weeks, there’s been a lot of talk on blogs and twitter about making project proposals public and many of the reasons that were mentioned made sense to me. So I’ve taken the time to dig up some older projects and put them on my web site along with some recently submitted proposals.

So, what are my reasons for making them public…

  1. I’ve had good experience in the past sharing unpublished data of mine with others. On pretty much every occasion this has led to fruitful collaboration. I’m hoping posting my project proposals may also lead to some interesting interactions with others working in the same field. Seriously… I can use the help.
  2. I’m also hoping that it may help me to stay focused on the goals of my projects. This has not always been the case in the past and having the proposals out in the open will perhaps generate a stronger sense of responsibility to stick to the plan.
  3. Science and innovation would progress at a faster rate if people openly shared ideas and information and stopped duplicating work simply because they’re unaware others are working on the same thing. Me posting my proposals is a tiny step in that direction.
  4. Last but not least, I’ve learned a lot from studying other people’s proposals. By posting mine, others can now learn from them. They can learn from my mistakes – not all of them got funded – and perhaps identify what made those that did get funded better.

That’s it. I hope something good will come of this.

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