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Success rates likely to triple in basic research bonanza

Around 1,000 academic research projects are expected to benefit from this year’s Public Investment in Basic Research (PRIN) grant, a tripling since the last round of awards in 2015.

According to data released at the end of March, the 2018 funding round received a total of 4,552 submissions. Some 1,600 proposals were recieved in the life sciences, with as many again in the areas of engineering, chemistry, physics, and 1,300 projects were proposed in humanities.

The PRIN grant is supposed to be paid out every year, but previous rounds have been stalled by budget shortages and government changes. Part of the top-up in funding this time is €250m repurposed from unused reserves at the Italian Institute of Technology.

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