Science policymakers have been active in recognising grand challenges and the attendant need to develop new multidisciplinary ways of working. But embracing multidisciplinarity is not a straightforward choice for scientists, who individually are strongly steered by norms and values inculcated through their past scientific experiences. In the paper “The Construction of New Scientific Norms for Solving Grand Challenges,” authors Kate Maxwell and Paul Benneworth ask whether new funding approaches can contribute to creating new ways of working that allow scientists can engage in challenge-driven research. To demonstrate this, the authors highlight a new experimental method, the “research sandpit,” which they propose can be used to generate multidisciplinary research as part of a multifaceted approach to funding scientific research.
By Gino D'Oca, Palgrave Communications