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‘Just in case’ mentality driving red tape in R&D, says Adam Tickell

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Interim findings of Birmingham vice-chancellor’s bureaucracy review criticise government assurance processes

A ‘just in case’ mentality around government assurance processes is driving an increase in red tape in the R&D sector, early findings from a review into research bureaucracy have suggested.

The government uses various assurance, reporting and monitoring processes to safeguard the use of public money for research. Universities and research organisations are required to provide a wide range of information on subjects such as project finances, data management, due diligence and animal testing licences.

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