No, that's not it at all. So there are some techs that can only be researched by certain races. I want a race that is able to research them all. In the research.txt there's supposedly a line for "allowed races", but I can't seem to locate the right line/variable.
If I recall correctly this feature in the research.txt file was added after DW:U release and is not documented in the modding guide.
You need to add a line like this to the relevant research project:
ALLOWED RACES ;race 1, race 2, race 3
So the total project might look something like this:
PROJECT ;34, Enhanced Torpedoes, 2, 20, 0, 25, 0, 0.0,
COMPONENT IMPROVEMENTS ;5, 2, 17, 460, 30, 72, 3, 2900, 0,
PARENTS ;33, N
ALLOWED RACES ;Ackdarian, Atuuk, Banoserit, Caleph, Dhayut, Enton
Note this line has the effect that only the 'allowed races' can research the tech. Not sure whether that's exactly what you wanted.