Australia has a long history of first class science.
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Australian scientists are listened to by government and business, but must do more to ensure their advice and work contributes to a stronger future for Australia.
Facilities funded under NCRIS, such as the Murchison Widefield Array, will continue to be supported under this budget.
The National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy and Future Fellowships schemes have won a reprieve in this year's budget.
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.
Resistance against the higher education reforms appears to have led to the scrapping of the Future Fellowships scheme.
The Future Fellowships scheme is a great success. Scrapping it would hurt Australia's future as a smart nation.
Research institutes are important economic contributors to their host cities. The University of Queensland is just across the river from the city of Brisbane.
Photo credit: The University of Queensland.
Scrapping the ARC Future Fellowships scheme would have a significant impact on the Australian research community, with knock-on effects for innovation, the economy, and society at large.