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Funding: Life after Je-S

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UKRI’s replacement for its creaking grant application system should be “like when iPhones came out”

In the year that the UK research councils unveiled their Joint Electronic Submission system for those making funding bids, Tony Blair was prime minister, Concord flew its last flight and Beyoncé released her first solo song. 

A full two decades have elapsed since that 2003 launch, and the UK’s research community has developed a complex relationship with
Je-S. A strange mixture of nostalgia and frustration with the ageing system has recently been spotted among researchers, who have been reminiscing at universities and over social media about the idiosyncrasies of the platform, ahead of its impending retirement.

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