Following extensive negotiations on the meaning of the time-to-grant rule (TTG) in the last few months, the rules have been changed.
Successful applicants may now be informed about the outcome of the evaluation earlier and have the preparation phase extended beyond the original three months, as long as the overall time-to-grant is still a maximum of eight months.
The revised rule refers to the following:
- Maximum of five months period, starting from the call closure date until the date of informing all applicants about the outcome of the evaluation of their application (TTI – not more than 153 calendar days);
- For successful proposals, a maximum of eight months period from the deadline for the submission of complete proposals until the signature of all grant agreements under the same call (TTG – maximum of 245 calendar days).
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NERC is implementing new measures designed to raise discovery science standard grant success rates. This is to reduce the number and size of applications from research organisations for NERC’s discovery science standard grant scheme, and ensure research excellence, efficiency and value for money for the taxpayer.
From the July 2015 standard grants scheme, there will be a reduction in the maximum standard grant award size, from the current £1·2m to £800k at Full Economic Cost.
At the same time, demand management measures in the form of a new institutional-level submission policy will take effect. This will be based on historic application and award data and will limit the number of applications an individual research organisation can make, where that organisation fails to meet a 20 per cent success rate quality threshold. For the 2015 assessment, this will use the grant rounds with the closing dates July 2011 to January 2014 (inclusive).
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The Wellcome Trust have announced they are changing their funding framework in order to enhance their ability to support excellent research, make an even greater impact on health, and provide opportunities for talented researchers at whatever career stage to find funding. Improvements include a new funding mechanism for collaborative research by teams, and the introduction of seed grants to support researchers who want to develop original and innovative ideas.
The most significant changes to the funding framework include:
- A new scheme for collaborative research, to support groups led by multiples researchers in pursuing key questions.These are designed to allow multiple researchers to come together, ideally from different disciplines, to work towards solutions which are more than the sum of their parts.
- A new scheme for seed funding to support original and innovative ideas, with a view to enabling researchers to move towards a larger research application.
- Current “New Investigator” and “Senior Investigator” Award schemes are merging into a single “Investigator” Award scheme. All candidates will be considered according to their career stage and experience to date.
- Increased opportunities for research leaders of the future through our established schemes of Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships and Sir Henry Dale Fellowships.
- New schemes to encourage the development of portfolios of translational research projects and sustained excellence in public engagement.
A webinar explaining the new changes, how they will be implemented, and what effect they will have is being held on 12th December 2014.
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