If we want to boost innovation in this country, we should emulate a scheme that has proven highly successful in the United States.
Interdisciplinary research is a lofty ideal, but the realities of how science is conducted mean that silos should not be so quickly dismissed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new policy by publisher Elsevier is threatening to wind back the gains made by the open access movement.
The federal government's 2015 budget has done little to restore confidence in the government's support for science in Australia.
Science communication and outreach can be motivated in ways other than reforming research funding bodies.
Proposals for a new way to fund antibiotic research and development are just one piece of the puzzle in the fight against drug-resistance.
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.
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.
South African scientists and scholars produce the most significant portion of Africa’s recognised research publications.
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.
The government's announcement of a national science strategy is good for Australia, particularly for promoting engagement between science and industry.
Why not let scientists vote for who they think should get grant funding for their research?
Which higher education institutions get the most money and why?
With future funding for science and research by the federal government still unclear, can the states play a role?
The Future Fellowships scheme is a great success. Scrapping it would hurt Australia's future as a smart nation.