Aware, Yet Ignorant: Exploring the Views of Early Career Researchers About Funding and Conflicts of Interests in Science

TitleAware, Yet Ignorant: Exploring the Views of Early Career Researchers About Funding and Conflicts of Interests in Science
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsTallapragada, M, Eosco, G, McComas, K
JournalScience & Engineering Ethics
Date Published2017
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number13533452
KeywordsATTRIBUTION , CAREER , Conflict , early , ethical , funding , SCIENCE , SCIENTISTS , TRAINING , Universities
AbstractThis study investigates the level of awareness about funding influences and potential conflicts of interests (COI) among early career researchers. The sample for this study included users of one or more of the 14 U.S. laboratories associated with the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network. To be eligible, respondents must have been either still completing graduate work or <5 years since graduation. In total, 713 early career researchers completed the web survey, with about half still in graduate school. Results indicate that although respondents were aware of potential funding and COI influences on their work, they remained largely ignorant of their role in addressing or managing these issues. Respondents often attributed the responsibility of addressing these issues to their supervisors. Respondents who had received some training around these issues, however, were more likely to assume more personal responsibility. Overall, this study points out that ignorance among early career researchers is less about awareness of funding and COI issues and more about taking personal responsibility for addressing these issues.
NotesTallapragada, Meghnaa 1; Email Address: Eosco, Gina 2 McComas, Katherine 1; Affiliation: 1: Cornell University , Ithaca 14853 USA 2: Eastern Research Group , Arlington 22201 USA; Source Info: Feb2017, Vol. 23 Issue 1, p147; Subject Term: Conflict of interests; Subject Term: Universities & colleges -- Graduate work; Subject Term: Science students; Subject Term: Scientists; Subject Term: Career development; Author-Supplied Keyword: Attribution of responsibility; Author-Supplied Keyword: Conflict of interest; Author-Supplied Keyword: Early career researchers; Author-Supplied Keyword: Ethical issues; Author-Supplied Keyword: Funding influences; Author-Supplied Keyword: Training; NAICS/Industry Codes: 624310 Vocational Rehabilitation Services; NAICS/Industry Codes: 611430 Professional and Management Development Training; NAICS/Industry Codes: 611310 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools; Number of Pages: 18p; Document Type: Article