Carbon dating used forensics

One way to determine the age of a victim is by examining the eyes. The soulless eyes of a murder victim allow investigators to determine their age at the time of death. You’re probably familiar with how to tell the age of a tree by examining a split piece and counting the number of rings. Most prominent in the 1960’s and 70’s, particles of radiation released into the atmosphere while testing nuclear weapons.

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NERC implemented new measures in 2015 designed to raise discovery science standard grant success rates.

The objective was to reduce the number and size of applications from research organisations for NERC's discovery science standard grant scheme, and to ensure research excellence, efficiency and value for money for the taxpayer.

The outcome from the July 2016 closing date is that the overall success rate increased to 20% compared to 14% from the July 2015 closing date.

A full list of the quotas that will apply for the third year (2017-18) to the July 2017 and January 2018 standard grant (including new investigator) closing dates is available below, with frequently asked questions at the foot of the page.

The data used in the calculation will exclude applications that are 'office rejected' or 'withdrawn by research organisation'.

Where an application is considered outside the NERC remit and redirected to another research council under the Cross-Council Funding Agreement it will be 'withdrawn by the research organisation' on the NERC system and not count in calculations towards the quota.

NERC wrote to individual research organisations in February to confirm their data over the six-grant rounds - July 2013 to January 2016 inclusive - and to outline the quotas for research organisations that fail to meet the 20% success rate threshold.

Research organisations had until the end of February 2017 to challenge the data.

The quality threshold will be based on percentage of successful / unsuccessful applications (rather than those scoring seven or above) to avoid future referees and moderating panels adopting 'grade inflation' to artificially increase the success rate of individual research organisations.

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