Two hundred and twenty-nine scientists will be barred from making grant applications to the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for a year, from 1 June.
The exclusion policy for serially unsuccessful applicants, announced by EPSRC on 12 March, aims to relieve the pressure on an overloaded system that currently peer reviews all grant applications.
An online petition protesting against the ban has attracted almost 1700 signatures as of 3 April. Some scientists thought many more than EPSRC’s ballpark estimate of 250 researchers would be affected.
EPSRC has now confirmed the exact number and tells Nature News it intends to send letters to individuals next week.