Category Archives: ESRC

Responding to Referees

This post is co-authored by Adam Golberg of Cash for Questions (UK), and Jonathan O’Donnell and Tseen Khoo of The Research Whisperer (Australia). It arises out of a comment that Jonathan made about understanding and responding to referees on one … Continue reading

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Coping with rejection: What to do if your grant application is unsuccessful. Part 2: Next Steps

In the first part of this series, I argued that it’s important not to misunderstand or misinterpret the reasons for a grant application being unsuccessful.  In the comments, Jo VanEvery shared a phrase that she’s heard from a senior figure … Continue reading

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Coping with rejection: What to do if your grant application is unsuccessful. Part 1: Understand what it means…. and what it doesn’t mean

Some application and assessment processes are for limited goods, and some are for unlimited goods, and it’s important to understand the difference.  PhD vivas and driving tests are assessments for unlimited goods – there’s no limit on how many PhDs … Continue reading

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New year’s wishes….

The new calendar year is traditionally a time for reflection and for resolutions, but in a fit of hubris I’ve put together a list of resolutions I’d like to see for the sector, research funders, and university culture in general.  … Continue reading

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ESRC Demand Management Part 5: And the winner is…. researcher sanctions!

The ESRC today revealed the outcome of the ‘Demand Management’ consultation, with the consultation exercise showing a strong preference for researcher sanctions rather than the other main options, which were institutional sanctions, institutional quotas, or charging for applications.  And therefore…. … Continue reading

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A visit from the British Academy….

Ken Emond, Head of Research Awards of the British Academy, came to visit the University of Nottingham the other week to talk about the various and nefarious research funding schemes that are on offer from the British Academy.  To make … Continue reading

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A few scrawled lines in defence of the ESRC…

There’s a very strange article in the Times Higher today which claims that the ESRC’s latest “grant application figures raise questions about its future”. Er…. do they?  Seriously?  Why? It’s true that success rates are a problem – down to … Continue reading

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The ESRC and “Demand Management”: Part 4 – Quotas and Sanctions, PIs and Co-Is….

Previously in this series of posts on ESRC Demand Management I’ve discussed the background to the current unsustainable situation and aspects of the initial changes, such as the greater use of sifting and outline stages, and the new ban on … Continue reading

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The ESRC and “Demand Management”: Part 3 – Submissions and re-submissions

In the previous post in this series, I said a few things about the increased use of outline application stages and greater use of ‘sifting’ processes to filter out uncompetitive applications before they reach the refereeing stage.  But that’s not … Continue reading

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The ESRC and “Demand Management”: Part 2 – Sifting and Outlines

In part one of this week fortnight long series of posts on the ESRC and “demand management”, I attempted to sketch out some context.  Briefly, we’re here because demand has increased while the available funds have remained static at best, … Continue reading

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