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Willetts falls for “EPSRC propaganda” on bid criteria

April 12, 2012

There’s a brilliant example of science funding lobbying over at Paul Clarke’s Sheer Lunacy blog, in which Clarke used a foot-in-the-door he had with David Willetts to complain about the EPSRC.

Clarke argues against the EPSRC’s practice of rejecting applications in certain areas within the EPSRC’s remit or those from researchers who have submitted too many applications.

The gauntlet at his feet, Willetts responded with what Clarke describes as “EPSRC propaganda”. I wonder whether Clarke would have received a response from Willetts if he hadn’t recently met him and chatted with him about these issues.

You can read the full letters online, and maybe even join Clarke at the Science for the Future lobby day on May 15th.

Meantime, what ever happened to that big EPSRC complaint letter written by a bunch of researchers and Nobel laureates in January? Lost in the post?

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