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[Netherland] With this new system, scientists never have to write a grant application again

[Netherland] With this new system, scientists never have to write a grant application again | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

An approach that may be tried in the Netherlands would do away with peer review and just let researchers give each other money


AMSTERDAM—Almost every scientist agrees: Applying for research funding is a drag. Writing a good proposal can take months, and the chances of getting funded are often slim. Funding agencies, meanwhile, spend more and more time and money reviewing growing stacks of applications. (...) - Science, by Jop de Vrieze, Apr 13, 2017

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Funding: What stops women getting more grants?

Women make up 33% of the applicants who are eligible for programmes funded by the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), but they lead only 21% of grant applications. The percentage receiving large grants of more than £2 million (US$2.8 million) remains stubbornly low: in 2014, women had (...) - Nature, by David McAllister, Jan Juillerat & Jackie Hunter, Nature 529, 466 (28 January 2016)
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[Denmark] Tenfold rise in grants and loans to EU students

The number of citizens from EU member countries receiving funding from the Danish Students’ Grants and Loans Scheme, or SU, grew more than tenfold from 2012 to 2014 – from 441 to 4,647 – following a ruling in the European Court of Justice that the Danish authorities should be paying grants to European students who earn an income in Denmark, as reported by University World News.  (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 11 February 2015 Issue No:354

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A one-grant limit: NIH institute puts squeeze on flush investigators

Those with generous no-strings funding will be limited to one grant.

In the latest example of budget stretching at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the agency’s basic science institute is imposing a strict one-grant limit on scientists who already have plentiful no-strings support. The move could free up at least $6 million, or 25 grants for other scientists. (...) - ScienceInsider, by Jocelyn Kaiser, 14 January 2015

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contre le cumul des mandats des politiques...mais aussi contre le cumul des gros  financements...simple bon sens de nos jours.

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Germany increases size of student grants

Germany increases size of student grants | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Students in Germany will be eligible for significantly improved benefits and subsidies from the start of the 2016-17 academic year.

The changes, announced in August and described by the federal Education Ministry as "substantial,” will raise the monthly ceiling on the Bafög(a support package that is 50 percent grant, 50 percent means-tested loan) from €670 ($884) to €735 ($926). Rent subsidies and child benefits will also go up. (...) - @insidehighered, by Frances Mechan-Schmidt for Times Higher Education, October 2, 2014

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NIH to probe racial disparity in grant awards

NIH to probe racial disparity in grant awards | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

US agency will assess whether grant reviewers are biased against minority applicants.

Richard Nakamura, director of the Center for Scientific Review at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), does not consider himself to be racially biased. Yet a test of his speed at associating certain words with faces of different races revealed a slight unconscious prejudice against minorities. If the director of the institute that oversees the NIH’s grant process harbours these inclinations, he wonders, are grant reviewers affected as well? (...) - by Sara Reardon, Nature, 19 August 2014

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Academics Anonymous: scientific publishing is a licence to print money, not the truth

Academics Anonymous: scientific publishing is a licence to print money, not the truth | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Publicity-hungry journals have created a climate in which dishonest scientists can thrive.

Earlier this year, newspapers reported on the discovery of a simple protocol that could turn any kind of cell into a super-pluripotent stem cell – referred to as a Stap cell. The discovery, published in two articles in the prestigious scientific journal Nature, held out the promise that scientists could develop simple procedures to create patient-matched stem cells. These stem cells would then be used to repair damaged or diseased organs. (...) by anonymous academics, The Guardian, 4 July 2014

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NIH to Relax 'Two Strikes' Grant Submission Policy

NIH to Relax 'Two Strikes' Grant Submission Policy | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

After being flooded with complaints, agency will lift ban on resubmitting rejected proposals.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is dropping a policy that gave researchers only one chance to revise a rejected grant application before having to start over with a new idea—a rule that was especially hard on young investigators. Instead, the agency will allow an applicant to resubmit the identical proposal as many times as they like as a new submission. (...) -by Jocelyn Kaiser, Science, 17 April 2014

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Horizon 2020 – Europe's grand research funding scheme

Horizon 2020 – Europe's grand research funding scheme | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The European Parliament voted last Thursday on the final version of the union’s record research and innovation programme for 2014-20, dubbed Horizon 2020. The European Union (EU) has allocated €79 billion (US$106 billion) to spend on research and innovation projects, not just on the continent but also around the world. (...) - University World News, by Keith Nuthall, 22 November 2013 Issue No:297

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Research partnership grants launched by UK and US

A higher education grant competition has been launched as a major collaboration between the United States and United Kingdom. The Global Innovation Initiative plans to strengthen higher education research partnerships between the US, UK and selected countries – Brazil, China, India and Indonesia.

The two governments expect the initiativeto provide grant opportunities for university consortia on topics of global significance in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the following four areas: energy, climate change and the environment; agriculture, food security and water; public health and well-being; and urbanisation.  (...) -  University World News, 31 October 2013, Issue No:294

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Japan's Political Turmoil Threatens University Funding and Delays New Energy Policy

Japan's Political Turmoil Threatens University Funding and Delays New Energy Policy | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Political squabbles are playing havoc with Japan's scientific efforts. The nation's universities could face a cash flow crisis later this fall if the legislature can't agree on a deficit spending bill, which would force the government to suspend paying operating grants. Infighting over the future of nuclear power in Japan is being blamed for a sudden delay in announcing a new energy policy that was due today. And last Friday, the Ministry of Education requested a 6.7% increase, to $14.7 billion, in science-related funding for the fiscal year beginning next April. But those numbers could change as a result of an election that is expected within the next couple of months. The vote is likely to bring in a different ruling party—and a corresponding change in funding priorities before Japan's budget is finalized at the end of the year.(...) - ScienceInsider

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In effort to understand continuing racial disparities, NIH to test for bias in study sections

In effort to understand continuing racial disparities, NIH to test for bias in study sections | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

New data confirming lower success rates for African-Americans prompt pilot studies.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, has decided to find out whether its fabled grantsmaking process discriminates against African-American scientists. (...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, June 9, 2016

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[UK] Universities ‘decline charity research grants due to fall in public funding’

[UK] Universities ‘decline charity research grants due to fall in public funding’ | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Charities blame widening gap between their grants and full costs of research (...) - Times Higher Education, by David Matthews, September 24 2015

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US: NIH proposal to create grant for aging scientists hits a nerve

US: NIH proposal to create grant for aging scientists hits a nerve | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Scores of researchers give thumbs-down to award to help emeritus scientists wind down their labs.

 

A seemingly innocuous idea from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for nudging aging scientists to retire is being blasted in the blogosphere. NIH’s proposal—an “emeritus” award that senior scientists would use to pass their work on to younger colleagues and wind down their labs—is unnecessary and could take funding away from younger and midcareer scientists, many commenters argued. A few, however, see it as a reasonable idea. (...) - Science, by Jocelyn Kaiser, 6 February 2015

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[US] Fountain of youth: A congressman's plan to make NIH grantees younger

[US] Fountain of youth: A congressman's plan to make NIH grantees younger | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Representative Andy Harris (R–MD) wants to require agency to find ways to lower age of first grant.

 

A member of Congress has waded into the thorny issue of the graying of U.S. biomedical researchers with a radical solution: He wants to order the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to bring down the average age at which new investigators receive their first grant by 4 years within a decade. Not surprisingly, the idea is getting a rocky reception from biomedical research advocates. (...) - by Jocelyn Kaiser, Science, 6 October 2014

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Data check: Not so EAGER for NSF funding?

Data check: Not so EAGER for NSF funding? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Why a program that offers a near-sure bet on winning a grant has so few applicants.

 

How do consumers react after learning that an online bank account has been hacked? Do they take their business elsewhere? Do they limit their online activities to reduce their exposure to such invasions?

Those were some of the questions that intrigued Rahul Telang, a professor of information systems and management at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who studies the economics of information security. With data breaches an increasingly common problem, he suspected the behavior of hacked consumers could be having a significant impact on global commerce. But Telang didn’t have enough preliminary data to win a grant to study the issue from the National Science Foundation (NSF), which last year funded only 22% of the nearly 50,000 proposals it received. (...) - by Jeffrey Mervis, Science, 20 August 2014

 

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Finding the root: The NIH is right to investigate whether bias makes grant awards unfair

A prominent 2011 paper in Science found that white researchers receive grants from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) at nearly twice the rate that African American researchers do (D. K. Ginther et al. Science 333, 1015–1019; 2011). Although some of the disparity could be explained by differences in education, institution and publication record, the sheer magnitude of the result seemed to suggest that something more insidious was at play. (...) - Nature, 19 August 2014

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Political deal to replace student grants with loans

After months of planning and negotiating, Jet Bussemaker, minister for education, culture and science in The Netherlands, has struck an agreement with two opposition parties on a bill that will convert student grants into loans from 1 January 2015. The move will free up €1 billion (US$1.4 billion) from the state higher education budget. (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 05 June 2014 Issue No:323

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Grant obstacles Naturejobs

Australian researchers decry oppressive grant-application process.

Tough grant-proposal deadlines can have severe impacts on researchers, according to an Australian study. The authors surveyed 215 academic researchers across all career stages in Australia who prepare annual applications for project grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council (D. L. Herbert et al. Br. Med. J. 4, e004462; 2014). Most respondents reported that the 23-month application process each year takes top priority, superseding research and publishing, their health and their personal responsibilities. Almost all said that they would support adding more grant cycles and deadlines to lessen the burden for applicants. (...) - Nature 508, 277, 09 April 2014

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US: Inaccurate predictions

Peer review fails at predicting success.

 

Peer reviewers for biology grant proposals submitted to the US National Science Foundation (NSF) do not accurately predict the apparent success of projects, according to a study (S. M. Scheiner and L. M. Bouchie Front. Ecol. Environ. 11, 406–407; 2013). Reviewers' scores and rankings for 41 environmental-biology projects funded by the NSF in 2002 did not correlate well with productivity measures, including the number of publications produced by 2012 and the mean number of citations per year. But reviewers do provide value by weeding out flawed proposals and suggesting improvements, says co-author Samuel Scheiner, programme director for the environmental-biology division of the NSF in Arlington, Virginia. - Nature 502, 713, 30 October 2013

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France: Big student grants increase in reformed system

Student unions in France have welcomed the announcement of a reformed system of student benefits – including a substantial increase in grants – costing an extra €318 million (US$417 million) for the next two years, starting from the new university year in September.

Geneviève Fioraso, minister of higher education and research, met student representatives on Tuesday to explain the reform, which will be introduced in two stages, starting with students in greatest difficulty. Further measures will come into effect from 2014-15. (...) -  University World News, by Jane Marshall, 18 July 2013 Issue No:281

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