We need researchers to collaborate with industry if we’re to be an innovation nation.
An emphasis on innovation is great, but we need genuine reforms to universities and tax incentives if we're to promote collaboration between research and industry.
A new plan will help women ascend to the highest levels in academia.
Women are just as successful as men at winning grants, but there are far fewer of them applying. The ARC's new Gender Equality Action Plan aims to redress that.
What about the research that’s not considered a ‘priority’?
It's hard enough to get research funding in Australia, so what if your work falls outside one of the areas declared a "priority"?
‘There are relatively fewer large-scale research-intensive industries for universities to partner with in Australia,’ says Glyn Davis, vice-chancellor, University of Melbourne.
We can't fulfil Malcolm Turnbull's ambition for an innovative nation without understanding why researchers are struggling to engage with industry.
Anything wrong with unis spending tuition-fee money on research?
A lack of government guidance on how student tuition fees should be used by universities is resulting in money for teaching being spent on research instead.
Funding panels have to sift through reams of high quality applications, and ultimately reject most.
The latest round of research grant funding has been announced, and many worthy researchers have not made the cut. Why?
Academics are under enormous pressure to publish prolifically because this generates subsidies for their universities.
A new policy on research outputs and funding will be introduced in South Africa in 2016. But it leaves too much unchanged from the old policy.
A fresh start is needed for science and innovation from new PM Malcolm Turnbull and Industry, Innovation and Science Minister Christopher Pyne.
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The challenge for a 21st century Australian government is to capitalise on research and create new jobs, industries and opportunities for the coming century.
The Mopra radio telescope faces closure.
When government funding is cut from science and research in Australia, there are other ways to try to draw money from the public's purse?
If academics are willing to steal others' ideas and concepts, what’s stopping their students from doing the same?
Academics' own propensity for plagiarism may be contributing to high levels of student plagiarism.
Going for gold.
There are no UK universities in the top ten list of institutions that have won the most Nobel Prizes since 2000.
Academics need to work together to solve the world’s big problems.
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We need to know what 'good' interdisciplinary research looks like.
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.