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UK to test new grant applications for researchers

The Government has announced it is trialling a new streamlined research funding application process, to be led by UK Research & Innovation (UKRI), the UK’s overarching research body.

UKRI will trial simplified application processes for researchers, removing the requirement to precisely forecast the long-terms benefits of projects. This could be particularly valuable for brain tumours, a complex condition requiring cutting-edge discovery science, that often has unpredictable results.

Last month, the Prime Minister announced a major review of research bureaucracy and methods. This trial from UKRI seems to be one of the first steps of this review.

The pilot schemes will be led initially by UKRI’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and Natural Environment Research Council, with £20 million split between the two Councils. If proved to be effective, this new method of accepting research funding applications will then be rolled out to others areas which UKRI’s bodies fund, such as medical research.

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