Redefining funding: Changing funding formulas in the U.K. worry scientists
The UK's Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) announced that it was planning to implement a new policy in April, 2009 that restricted scientists with poor ealier success rates from applying for funding. Many scientists of the country expressed concerns regarding EPSRC's proposed policy changes. This policy change is the latest notification to the country's chemists that the way in which they were being evaluated for funding was to change. Principal investigators (PIs) with three or more proposals within a two-year period ranked in the bottom half of a funding prioritization list or rejected before panel under the new EPSRC policy. It also required that PIs with overall personal success rate of less than 25% over the same period were to be restricted from applying for the agency's funding. EPSRC stated that the new measures were aimed to minimize pressure on all involved in its peer review process.
Everts, S. (2009). Redefining funding: Changing funding formulas in the U.K. worry scientists.