Research has to be assessed for quality.
A report out of the UK would have the quality assessors of research abolished because it takes time away from students. However the real reason seems to be an attempt to minimise government spending on research.
National priorities can help focus our research efforts.
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The nine science and research priorities will help focus and coordinate our efforts, and aid government departments in supporting the future of Australian science.
It’s the people that make the projects a success.
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A shift in our research funding model to fund individual people rather than whole projects could help support the best science.
Connecting researchers to industry and investment is a great idea.
If we want to boost innovation in this country, we should emulate a scheme that has proven highly successful in the United States.
Cooperation among scientific disciplines still requires individual experts in their fields.
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Interdisciplinary research is a lofty ideal, but the realities of how science is conducted mean that silos should not be so quickly dismissed.
Scientists have struggled to work together to provide solutions for societal challenges such as energy and climate change.
There is a long road to travel before South Africa's scientists live up to the grand expectations to encourage solutions to the country's problems and boost the economy.
A good scoring system can help the best rise to the top.
Academic metrics are only problematic if they're poorly implemented. If they're used carefully, they can be a powerful tool to allow talent to rise to the top.
Universities will need to make some significant adjustments to meet the government’s targets in boosting the commercialisation of research.
The government has proposed changes to how Australia's publicly funded research agencies are supported and how their performance is managed to boost the commercialisation of research.
Our research metrics have been twisted from their original purpose to determine quality.
Metrics are changing the way research is conducted and funded, and for the worse. They need to be radically revised to measure genuine scientific output.
Direct links between universities and industry funders pose significant risks – but can they be managed?
The University of Sydney's announcement of a role funded by the Blackmores Institute raises perennial questions about whether industry-funded research can be truly independent.
Academic publishers are attempting to build a walled garden around their content, blocking it off from public eyes.
A new policy by publisher Elsevier is threatening to wind back the gains made by the open access movement.
Who’ll use the equipment if funding for researchers is cut back?
The federal government's 2015 budget has done little to restore confidence in the government's support for science in Australia.
Not all scientists are motivated to engage in outreach in the same way.
Science communication and outreach can be motivated in ways other than reforming research funding bodies.
Piling up new treatments.
Proposals for a new way to fund antibiotic research and development are just one piece of the puzzle in the fight against drug-resistance.
Speeches such as Bickmore’s should be the start of a conversation about what is funded, not its conclusion.
While I can't fault Carrie Bickmore for trying to get attention for the disease that prematurely killed her husband, her move does raise questions about how research should be funded.
Not all science is about blue-sky research, such as that done at the Large Hadron Collider.
Maximilien Brice, CERN
If science wants to maintain funding it needs to be more socially relevant, but that will require reforming the metrics we use to judge its success.
The Southern Africa Large Telescope in South Africa’s Karoo region is the largest optical telescope in the southern hemisphere.
South African scientists and scholars produce the most significant portion of Africa’s recognised research publications.
An uncertain future for science funding as the federal budget draws closer.
One way to protect researchers from funding cuts in May's budget is to make sure they explain the importance of their work to a wider audience.
Australia has a long history of world class science, but a national science strategy will help boost engagement with industry.
The government's announcement of a national science strategy is good for Australia, particularly for promoting engagement between science and industry.
Why not let researchers vote on who should get research funding?
Why not let scientists vote for who they think should get grant funding for their research?