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Unsuccessful Grant-Seekers Need Not Apply ... Ever Again

To cut down on the number of proposals going through peer-review, the UK's main engineering and physical sciences funding agency, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, announced that they will ban "repeatedly unsuccessful applicants" from submitting new applications, reports Science Insider. The ban will last one year, unless the researcher is invited to apply, and is expected to affect 200 to 250 people who have had three or more proposals in the past two years that were ranked in the bottom half of applications and who have a personal funding success rate lower than 25 percent. This shift in policy incensed some researchers who call it "blacklisting" and "scientific McCarthyism." An online petition to urge the repeal of this policy has gathered 887 signatories.