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Concern over ‘discriminatory’ deadlines


Grant schedules set around holidays and lockdowns privilege applicants without caring responsibilities, say academics

Funders setting tight deadlines near the dates of national holidays or too close to national lockdowns may end up discriminating against academic staff who have caring responsibilities, and perpetuating a “non-stop working culture”, researchers have said.

Several prominent research funders have come under scrutiny for the timing of recent grant calls, including Wellcome Leap, which recently launched its $50 million (£37m) Human Organs, Physiology and Engineering programme. The deadline for initial submissions was 1 December, the day before the last national lockdown ended, with proposals due on 13 January.

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