Basic research and applications coexist in a tangled two-way ecosystem.
A new study connects the dots between published science and patented innovations, mapping just how society benefits from basic scientific research.
Impacts of federal research funding can be felt region-wide.
Research dollars don't stay locked up in academia and government labs. R&D collaborations with the private sector are common – and grow the innovation economy.
AIDS activists stage a ‘die-in’ in 1992 in Houston about lack of funding for AIDS research under President George H.W. Bush.
New treatments and prevention programs have inhibited the spread of HIV/AIDS since June 5, 1981, when the CDC first reported what would become HIV. Here's why it's important not to cut funding now.
Waving an American flag along 5th Avenue.
In past wars, taxes were increased to cover some of the extra spending. That's not the case for the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the costs are adding up fast.
An ageing population is making the retirement system unsustainable.
The current retirement system is unsustainable. We could learn from the way higher education is funded.
Universities and other not-for-profit entities typically talk about surpluses, not profits.
The fact that a university has a surplus doesn't mean it has a profit to be either reinvested or returned to shareholders. Grants, for example, should be spent on the projects they're intended for.
The big four banks will be hit with a new bank levy.
Countries that have similar banking levies have seen them passed on to customers.
The federal government receives more revenue than the states so it divvies it up between them, but with conditions.
The reason for the constant struggle for funding between the states and federal government relates back to the constitution.
Not much science will get done without the money to fund people and equipment.
What are research dollars actually spent on? Rather than looking at artifacts like publications and patents, a new initiative directly tracks the people and businesses that receive research funding.
Trump’s budget director, left, says White House spending priorities are straight out of the president’s mouth.
Trump is proposing a budget with little substance and filled with politically toxic spending cuts, making it very unlikely to go anywhere, even in a Republican Congress.
What happens when funding isn’t just eroded, but is wiped away?
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The National Endowment for the Arts is on the chopping block...again. But this time, the ideological justifications don't pass muster.
Modern monetary theorists aren’t concerned with budget repair.
Modern monetary theory is gaining traction in a global economic environment that defies the efforts of policymakers to restore growth.
Scandals, elections, budgets, 2016 had it all. Here's what made news in business and economics.
Who’s doing it tougher?
Beyond debates about the avocado smash generation lies some misnomers on which generation had it better.
David Leyonhjelm negotiated for the numbers in the budget to be reported in per capita terms.
The government has agreed to report some budget numbers on a per capita basis. But there's a lot more to do in how we talk about numbers.
NASA Earth Science Division operating missions, including systems managed by NOAA and USGS.
NASA Earth Observing System
President Trump's 2018 budget request cuts funding for NASA Earth observation research and cancels four missions. Weather forecasters, businesses, scientists and the armed forces rely on this data.
Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten have reached a compromise on the Renewable Energy Agency: it will see survive, but with reduced funding.
AAP Image/Lukas Coch
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency is saved - albeit with less money.
Malcolm Turnbull sets about the business of his returned government with the Secretary of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Martin Parkinson.
With nearly 25 years of uninterrupted economic growth at risk of coming to an end, the new government must make budget repair a priority.
Viewing wildlife in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
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A study estimates that Americans would pay $92 billion yearly in extra taxes to protect national parks. But the Trump Administration's budget calls for cuts.
Scott Morrison and Mathias Cormann launched an assault on Labor’s spending promises.
Consider this statement from Treasurer Scott Morrison about the alleged financial “black hole” in Labor’s program. “The worst case scenario is $67 billion. Best case scenario is a $32 billion black hole…