Professor, School of Management
Economics of Science and Innovation
Chiara Franzoni is Professor at the School of Management of Polytechnic University of Milan. Her long-term area of specialization is the Economics of Science and Innovation.
She is currently studying Grant Peer Review and the way in which experts take decisions in conditions of uncertainty, such as choosing which research projects to fund. She is particularly interested at the judgment of high-risk high-reward research. Her current work, sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and by the Novo Nordisk Foundation involves a mix of method, including data analysis, lab and field experiments.
In the past, she has studied the incentive system of scientists in academia and the international mobility of scientists.
- Uncertainty and Risk-Taking in Science. Meaning, Measurement, and Management in Peer Review of Research Proposals
- Funding Risky Research
- Topic choice, gendered language, and the under-funding of female scholars in mission-oriented research
- Context Factor and the Performance of Mobile Individuals in Research Teams
- Foreign-born Scientists. Mobility Patterns for 16 Countries
- Changing Incentives to Publish
- The Mover’s Advantage
- Academic Tenure, Risk-Taking and the Diversification of Scientific Research
Crowd and Citizens Science
New technologies have made it possible for scientists and citizens to interact through the web. This has led to the emergence of Citizens Science, i.e. research projects led or participated by citizens, Crowd Science, i.e. research projects led by scientists whose methods and participation are open to the public and Crowdfunding of Science, i.e. distributed online donations of citizens to specific research projects. Dr. Franzoni is currently working on the preferences of citizens for societal benefits and on their attitude towards fringe sciences. The research is conducted in collaboration with the organizers of the crowdfunding platform www.experiment.com.
Prof. Franzoni has studied crowdfunding of technological innovation in the early years of its inception. She is currently interested in the response of the crowd to affectively-charged messages and fake news in science.
Intellectual Property Rights
Patents and Intellectual Property (IP) are important means to enable investments in R&D. Dr. Franzoni has done research at the intersection of IP policy and academic incentives. She and her team are now working on how counterfeiting impacts the performance of innovative companies.
Academic courses at Polytechnic University of Milan
Teaching at the POLIMI Graduate School of Management
- Intellectual Property Management, MBA, Executuve-MBA, and Master in Innovation & Entrepreneurship (English, Italian)
- Forecasting the adoption of radically new products (English)
ImPROGRESS. Improving Peer Review within a Science of Science Funding (with Paula Stephan). A project supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation at the NBER. 2021-2024.
ImPRO-RISK. Improving Peer Review of High Risk High Gain science. A project supported by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. 2022-2027.
Risk acceptance in the crowdfunding of science. Sponsored by the Science of Science Funding Initiative of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (with Henry Sauermann). Closed in 2021.
Press & Media
Press and media coverage about Dr. Franzoni’s research (selected):
OfficinaItalia (Rai3), April 10, 2021
Nature, January 11, 2019
La Repubblica, May 23, 2019
Vox, February 14, 2019
Wall Street Journal, May 28, 2018
Journalist’s Resource, April 25, 2018
Science, March 26, 2018
Folha de S. Paulo, May 19, 2017
Science, February 20, 2015
Symmetry, February 19, 2015
Nature jobs, December 4, 2013
Courrier International (Le Monde), April 22, 2013
Die Zeit, April 18, 2013
Corriere della Sera, October 28, 2012
Nature, October 18, 2012
IEEE Spectrum, September 22, 2012
Times Higher Education, May 24, 2012
Inside Higher Education, May 15, 2012
GLOBSCI data project. Directory with full data downloads and documentation
Online Appendix to Colombo, Franzoni, Rossi-Lamastra, ETP, 2015.
Email: chiara DOT franzoni AT polimi DOT it
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