Panel discussion, 22 September 2022, Washington

Research funders and the promotion of quality in research: From principles to practice

A joint event of the National Academy of Sciences, the German Research Foundation and the Einstein Foundation Berlin

Funding organizations worldwide dedicate substantial resources to ensuring that only research of the highest rigor and quality receives funding. Their policies, evaluation criteria, selection processes, and programs directly impact how researchers plan, conduct, analyze, and disseminate their research. As major gatekeepers, funders play a key role in fostering transparency and integrity of research and innovation, while restricting questionable and poor research practices.

What strategies of funders have been effective (or ineffective) in eliciting support from researchers and buy-in from institutional leadership? Should the stakeholders of the research ecosystem cooperate more closely when striving to improve research quality? These and other questions were discussed by a high-profile panel.


  • Julika Griem, Literary Studies, Vice President of the German Research Foundation
  • Michael Lauer, Medicine/Biostatistics, Deputy Director for Extramural Research, National Institutes of Health
  • Arthur Lupia, Political Science, Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan
  • Marcia McNutt, Geophysics, President of the National Academy of Sciences
  • Martin Zettersten, Cognitive Psychology, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton University 


  • Ulrich Dirnagl, Clinical Neurosciences, Director of the BIH QUEST Center & Head of the Department of Experimental Neurology, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Secretary of the Einstein Foundation Award


  • Tracey Weissgerber,  Group Leader, QUEST Center for Responsible Research, Berlin Institute of Health at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin