fun fact: this pipeline actually runs in a circle.
thanks to @PsycheRabble for the graphic.
More like an inward coil, decreasing in scholarship and scientific cross section.
If I hear someone scream peer review one more time... https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1420798/
Someone pithily called this "idea laundering." I thought that was brilliant!
Excellent. I'd suggest there's one more segment in here that might be described something like this: Seek funding to study the problem, which is then found to be worse than imagined and warranting of more research.