Another instance of the gap between knowledge production and knowledge use, and what some federal funding agencies in the US are doing about it.

Eli Berman, a professor of economics at the University of California at San Diego, does work that many would see as vitally important: He analyzes global trouble spots in the hopes of keeping the country out of wars.

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The job, basically, is to “explain to the federal government what to do with the research that they spent money on,” Mr. Berman said. But, he said of his mission, “it’s dark and cold and lonely, because it really falls between the cracks.”

Source: How Fresh Funding Structures Could Support Research With Impact – The Chronicle of Higher Education

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