Much as there is a growing amount of fractional entrepreneurship—people starting companies in their spare time—there needs to be a way to harness all of the underused research potential within the United States. There are far more individuals with PhDs than in academia, and while many no longer which to be engaged in research and scholarship, there are many who do, but do not want the full-time commitment of a position at a university. The solution: fractional scholarship.
In the paper, we envision how fractional scholarship could operate, and the types of institutions that should exist (the Ronin Institute is one such instance) in order to foster this harnessing of the underused research potential of our nation.
The complete paper is here.