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Taking part, not winning, counts most in grant applications

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Unsuccessful applicants' increased productivity shows that work on rejected proposals is not necessarily wasted, say Charles Ayoubi and his colleagues.

Pierre de Coubertin, the father of modern Olympic Games, said: “The important thing is not to win but to take part.” But most researchers involved in competing for funding would struggle to share the sentiment.

The time spent writing grant applications, which for some reaches hundreds of hours a year, coupled with falling success rates—14 per cent for Horizon 2020, for example, compared with 22 per cent for Framework 7—make many feel like they waste a huge amount of time on bureaucratic drudgery that ultimately comes to nothing.

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