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Examining Selection in Innovation Funding

Project Description

The University of Bath is inviting applications for the following PhD project based in the School of Management under the supervision of Professor Ammon Salter ( and Dr Rossella Salandra (


Choosing which R&D to fund is one of the most challenging tasks in organisational life. R&D projects are subject to high levels of uncertainty about their technological and commercial potential. This challenge is faced by both private and public organisations, where choosing the wrong project and not choosing the right project is very common. To enrich our understanding, this project would explore the nature of selection in R&D funding, drawing upon rich datasets of applicants and funded projects. The project would investigate preferences in selection towards different groups, as well as how the nature of selection leads to different project choices. The goal would be develop more effective and efficient ways of organising R&D project selection. The project would require a student with strong quantitative skills, as well as an interest in innovation and/or decision-making. The work should help to inform policy and practice, and also inform theories and evidence on the nature of selection in R&D.


Applicants for a studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in a relevant discipline.

Formal applications should be made via the University of Bath’s online application form:

Please ensure that you quote the supervisor’s name and project title in the ‘Your research interests’ section.

More information about applying for a PhD at Bath may be found here:

Anticipated start date: 28 September 2020.

Funding Notes

Candidates applying for this project will be considered for a University studentship, which will cover UK/EU tuition fees, a training support grant of £1,000 per annum and a tax-free maintenance allowance at the UKRI Doctoral Stipend rate (£15,009 in 2019-20) for a period of up to 4 years. Limited funding opportunities for outstanding Overseas candidates may be available. Some School of Management studentships require recipients to contribute annually up to a maximum of 133 hours of seminar-based teaching and assessment in years 2, 3 and 4 of study (students will not be expected to give lectures).

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