89% of respondents expect that the total amount granted in 2023 will be higher or approximately the same as 2022. Similarly, 83% of respondents said that they expect to make more or approximately the same number of grants in 2023 when compared to 2022. The slight discrepancy between total funding and number of grants may be attributable to researcher attrition, a trend which was cited by several respondents. In other words, while the total dollars granted may trend upward, with fewer researchers applying for grants, the total number of awards granted could decline.
Respondents were asked to describe the biggest opportunity facing research funders in the year ahead. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion was mentioned more often than any other topic. Demonstrating outcomes was a close second, followed by “streamlined grants management” processes.
When asked to describe the biggest challenge facing funders, Inflation / Reduced Budgets was mentioned most often.