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Academic researchers need funding – especially as the federal government devotes less to basic research. Check image via

Is it time for a new model to fund science research in higher education?

With federal support for on-campus R&D dwindling as a percentage of GDP, keeping basic research afloat is a challenge. Schools and researchers are left to try to fill in the funding gaps.
South Africa needs some universities that focus on teaching, and others that concentrate on research. Shutterstock

How the funding of science research in South Africa can be overhauled

South Africa must examine how science funding is allocated to universities. It also needs to acknowledge that not all universities should be focusing on research and development.
Nine out of ten surveyed researchers said they engage with end-users to translate their work into practice. from

Academics do want to engage with business, but need more support

Financial incentives alone won’t increase research collaboration between universities and business. Academics say they need time, support and an environment encouraging of engagement.
Good science loses out when bad science gets the funding. Shutterstock/Looker Studio

We need to talk about the bad science being funded

New studies on the quality of published research shows we could be wasting billions of dollars a year on bad science, to the neglect of good science projects.
Three more years for Malcolm Turnbull and the Coalition. AAP/David Moir

Election 2016: what will a re-elected Coalition government mean for key policy areas?

What's in store for key policy areas, from health to education to infrastructure to asylum seekers, under a returned Coalition government?
Australia could capitalise on its sun-drenched landscape to innovate in renewable energy. Shutterstock

Where could Australia genuinely innovate?

There are several areas where Australia could be a world leader in innovation. If we can identify them and focus our efforts there, we could generate some genuine benefits here and abroad.

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