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Australian research offices complain of Nit-picking woes


Tighter rules and increased rewrite requests for Australian Research Council’s National Interest Test cause concern

Researchers and research managers have expressed concern about how the Australian Research Council’s National Interest Test is being administered.

The ARC has recently sent multiple requests to research offices for rewrites of the Nit statement in funding applications. It is also proposing a tightening of the rules that would gradually reduce the number of chances applicants have to fix their statements to zero.

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