Our Mission

Traditional Science, Reimagined for the Modern World

Assured Science Exchange is a non-profit organization designed to serve as a satellite to the traditional scientific research system.

Our Objectives

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  • Democratize the scientific research enterprise as much as possible.
  • Mitigate funding, mechanism, and data problems that undermine the success and efficiency of scientific research in the traditional system.
  • Enable researchers to generate vastly superior data in a very efficient manner.
  • Empower researchers to self-sustain their careers for as long as they want, on their own terms.

Our Tasks

Assured Science's research system will address a series of problems that exist in the traditional research system, including:
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Funding

  • Only 10-20% grants funded; at least another 40-50% more are fundable
  • Only ~ 30% renewal rate for funded grants
  • About 40% of funded scientists experience 1 to 8 year funding gaps
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Mechanisms

  • Highly inefficient: data, projects, money, time, and talent are wasted
  • Emphasis on elimination and policing rather than on facilitation and guidance
  • Easily “gamed”
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Data

  • Very idiosyncratic; majority not validated or integrated
  • Increasing false leads, incomplete sets, and retractions
  • Highly dispersed, incoherent, and unwieldy

Our Motivation

These issues are not new, and we are not the first to address them. Some of the limitations of previous attempts or proposals include:
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  • Unrealistic financial requirements (many suggesting a 200-300% increase)
  • Dependence on the sacrifice and idealistic behavior of those who already flourish within the system
  • Expectation for change without incentive or penalty
  • Only a marginal impact on the overall value of research data
  • Not addressing many other systemic problems undermining the scientific research enterprise

Our Solution

The scientific community is in desperate need of a research system that works better. We have the blueprints for a system that:
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  • Combines principles of scientific inquiry, engineering, computer science, economics, business, biology, and journalism to create a vibrant and robust system for research.
  • Operates as a satellite system to facilitate bench scientists and small laboratories self-sustaining their research projects, whether they are basic, applied, or even amusing.
  • Works within today’s funding constraints, and yet provides vast potential for growth and support to both science and scientists.
  • Uses natural motivations and modern solutions to solve the funding, mechanism, and data problems that are undermining scientific research.
  • Helps institutions to maximize both the number of their scientists conducting research and recovery of the expense for providing research facilities and infrastructure.
  • Provides robust, validated, and integrated data that are archived in a well organized manner for efficient utilization.
  • Accelerates scientific progress, creates new science-based careers, and maximizes the benefits from science to society.

Your Involvement

To turn this mission into a reality, we need support from both inside and outside the scientific community. If you’re interested in learning more about our system and how you can help, please get in touch.

Founding of ASE

Please also read our 7 essays to know more about the founding of this new system for research.