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Research council must award more grants, government told

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Dutch science funder NWO slammed for low success rates and high levels of bureaucracy

Too many researchers in the Netherlands face complex application procedures and oversubscribed grant programmes at the NWO research council, according to an evaluation committee.

The NWO’s latest evaluation, covering the years 2016 to 2019, said there had been some improvement since the previous report. Between 2016 and 2018, the funder was restructured to address that report’s criticisms of its bureaucratic fragmentation and lack of decisiveness. 

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