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Independent review calls for cull of R&D red tape

Review by Adam Tickell recommends simpler funding applications and streamlined assurance processes

Research funding applications should be made less burdensome by only requiring applicants to provide detailed information when they have a genuine chance of success, a government-commissioned review of research bureaucracy has recommended.

According to the review, carried out by University of Birmingham vice-chancellor Adam Tickell (pictured, left), the current single-stage application process, which requires applicants to provide all the information at the outset, means that the information submitted by most applicants is “unused and ultimately wasteful” given that the overall success rates for research grant applications are around 20 per cent.

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