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ERC lump-sum funding decision imminent

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“A lot” would have to change for wide rollout of funding method, says funder’s president

The EU’s flagship research funder, the European Research Council, could decide on a wider rollout of the controversial ‘lump-sum’ method of funding grants in the coming months, according to its president.

With lump-sum funding, researchers must provide more detailed spending plans before starting work, but in exchange they are relieved of some cost-tracking burdens.

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