The QUEST Center plans several activities regarding the topic Incentives & rewards. We will develop new incentive systems in research, e.g. by selecting appropriate novel indicators and metrics for the assessment of research performance of researchers and institutions. We assist in the implementation and evaluation of these novel systems. We will support the implementation and evaluation of these systems.
In line with the recommendations from the Lancet REWARD (REduce research Waste And Reward Diligence) campaign to improve research quality (see also The Lancet series "Increasing value: reducing waste"), the QUEST offers several awards.
A qualitative study on the basis of expert interviews
In response to what has been called the “reproducibility crisis”, institutions and granting agencies have begun to implement changes in how biomedical research activity is rewarded and funded. The aim of the present project is to gain a better understanding of how different stakeholders view these ongoing reforms.
Including open data as an additional indicator for the performance-based allocation of funds
The internal performance-based allocation of funds (leistungsorientierte Mittelvergabe, LOM) is an institutional incentivization tool aimed at rewarding high-quality research by using defined criteria to competitively award funding. In 2019, the Charité became the first medical faculty to include the availability of original data from scientific publications (open data) as an additional indicator for LOM alongside the usual criteria of third-party funding and publishing record.
Investigating the status quo of various models of performance-based allocation of funds (LOM) in research among institutions in the Berlin University Alliance (BUA).
This project investigates the status quo of the LOM within the BUA and its institutions. One aim is to present the existing models and interpretations, which may differ from one institution to another, as well as to present them in a discipline-specific, cross-institutional way. The characterization of the status quo will provide the basis for a critical examination of steering achievements and possible secondary effects.
QUEST criteria - Attributes of robust and innovative research
The so-called QUEST criteria relate to quality, ethics, open science and translation of biomedical research at BIH. The goal is to map the robustness, reproducibility and confirmability of research projects and hence to best possible stimulate the existing potential for innovation.
QUEST publication record (PURE)
The aim is to create a comprehensive and continuously updated publication body of publications from the joint research area Charité, MDC and BIH.
Project WT BIH MERIT
The overarching aim of WT BIH MERIT is to incentivize and reward robust and reproducible research through structured research assessments in order to increase the probability for patient-oriented translational research at BIH and Charité.
How to proceed with LOM (performance-oriented allocation of funds) & Co.?
The project "Wie weiter mit LOM & Co.?” (How to proceed with LOM & Co.?) investigates the effect of the performance-oriented allocation of funds (LOM) as an incentivizing agent to increase scientific performance in medical research at all German medical faculties.