The Problem

Overview of the legacy scientific economy

The modern economic model for scientific research is antiquated. A simplified description is as follows: Funders distribute capital to scientists who conduct research projects and share the results as scientific papers published within an academic journal.

In a perfect world funders, scientists, and publishers would work together to seamlessly capitalize, produce, and publicize scientific research. In reality, all three groups are independent agents whose actions are influenced by their individual economic incentives.



Distribute capital to research projects

To fund high-quality research


Capital -> new knowledge

To conduct high-quality research


Curate + distribute new knowledge

To generate revenue

The flow of capital that results from the use of research grants as a funding mechanism unintentionally creates a misaligned incentive structure that result in tremendous waste for the system as a whole.

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