EPSRC “damaging” science. What’s your solution?
A group of more than 70 scientists yesterday wrote to the government to say that the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is “making disastrous errors” that are “damaging scientific discovery in Britain”.
One of the central complaints is the EPSRC’s requirement that grant applicants predict the impact of their work in 10 to 50 years’ time. Many commentators, including those posting on the Daily Telegraph website, argue that predicting impact in this way is silly.
Philip Ball wrote recently in the Guardian about the h-index, which most people would agree does not present a nuanced picture of a scientist’s worth.
So what are the alternative grant application questions? In a process that must be as scientific and fair as possible, how would you divvy up the cash?