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Learned societies give cautious welcome for changes at EPSRC

The Royal Society of Chemistry has said that it is “sensible” of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to remove the 10-50 year timeframe requirements from a policy calling on researchers to explain the national importance of their work in grant proposals.

“The aspect about the national importance of research remains, which is understandable. Those seeking publicly-funded research should expect to justify why that research is of national significance,” said Jim Iley, director of science and education at the RSC, in a statement to Research Fortnight Today. “The problem lay in assigning a timescale to the research.”

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