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Golden triangle fails to shine in success rate game

Being a top-ranked institution does not appear to influence success in winning grants

Being a researcher at the UK’s supposedly elite universities does not appear to bring a much higher chance of winning a grant from government coffers, according to the latest tranche of data from UK Research and Innovation.

Information on funding decisions made in 2018/19 shows a small positive relationship between an institution’s success rate and the number of funding decisions made by UKRI on applications from that institution. In fact, the volume of decisions made about grant applications tells you “almost all you need to know” about success rates, said Alex Hulkes, the strategic lead at the Economic and Social Research Council’s Insights Team.

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