Searching Over and Over SIR: “And yet God has not said a word!” Well, perhaps not exactly apposite but like the silent God, the Australian Research Council also remains silent. Philippa Martyr hit the spot in “Taken for Granted” (October 2012). Her reminder of the confusion between “grants”, and “gifts”, is indeed the hub of the problem. Little supervision, no accountability, minimal relevance, seem to be the hallmark of university research grants, not only in literature and the social sciences but also in hard sciences. This infection has spread to all manner of granting bodies in the arts, and even…

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