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How do new members affect the relationship between principal investigator’s network position and academic output of granted funds?


  • Pan, Wenhui
  • Zhao, Pengwei
  • Qin, Chunxiu
  • Ding, Xianfeng


The paper focuses on how to improve academic output of a granted fund when the adding of new members changes principal investigator’s network position. This objective is refined by exploring how new members affect the relationship between principal investigator’s network position and the academic output of granted funds, and whether this effect is similar in high-output and low-output collaboration networks. New members are divided into two groups, namely, international collaboration and inbound mobility. Using negative binomial regression on research funds supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the results indicate that new members indeed have moderating effects on the relationship between principal investigator’s network position and the academic output of granted funds. Moreover, we find that this moderating effect in high-output collaboration networks is larger than that in low-output collaboration networks. Our findings provide practical implications for the decision makers to design funding planning and for the principal investigators to improve academic output.

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  • Pan, Wenhui & Zhao, Pengwei & Qin, Chunxiu & Ding, Xianfeng, 2020. "How do new members affect the relationship between principal investigator’s network position and academic output of granted funds?," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 78(C).
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:epplan:v:78:y:2020:i:c:s014971891830363x
    DOI: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2019.101744

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