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Should MalariaWorld publish rejected proposals?

Yes - I don't mind sharing my ideas
85% (23 votes)
No - this will never work
15% (4 votes)
Total votes: 27


Bart G.J. Knols's picture
Submitted by Bart G.J. Knols on
Imagine you have a great idea - and submitted it as an 'Exploration grant' to Gates. But you were not lucky to get $ 100,000 to work on it. Why not share it with the community on MalariaWorld? Bring it out into the open... Some will declare me crazy at this point. That's fine. But consider this: - Others will read your rejected proposal and may contact you to collaborate; - Some will comment on it so that you can improve it and stand a higher chance of getting funded elsewhere; - Those connected to funding organisations may pick up the idea and get you in touch with a party that may fund your research. Ideas that remain locked up in our heads are dead ideas, no matter how fantastic they are. And if you publish your rejected proposal on MalariaWorld and two years later you read a paper of another research group that has published the outcome of research based on your idea, don't be jealous or angry, be proud... And, for the record, if you make your ideas known to the global malaria community, everyone will know.... so how will those that run away with it be looked at by us all? The power of social control should not be underestimated... Give us your vote and thoughts...

Mark Benedict's picture
Submitted by Mark Benedict on
You are correct: ideas that are never developed will die with us, and the world will be poorer for it. I suspect many, like me, have folders of ideas based on observations, but we'll never get around to writing a grant or performing the experiments necessary to extend them. A shame. I'll put my money where my mouth is: If you set up an area on Malaria World for preliminary observations or rejected ideas, I'll toss in two basic biology experiments that I think have SCIENCE journal potential if developed properly. You are right: I would be proud to see them published even if I were not an author. Isn't that <em>better</em> than never seeing the questions explored?