In Australia, the next government will need to meet the challenge of refreshing the social licence between science, government and the many and diverse communities that make up our nation.
It's hard enough to get research funding in Australia, so what if your work falls outside one of the areas declared a "priority"?
One of the Australian government's new research priorities is "environmental change". But can be hard to know how to tackle such huge and interlinked issues as climate change and species extinctions.
By embracing science and technology, Australia's agricultural industry could be more efficient, productive and sustainable.
Online infrastructure and business are becoming increasingly important, as is our need to focus research efforts on securing them from cyber-attack.
A research focus on transport can help improve existing infrastructure and guide future developments, and tailor them to Australia's unique needs.
Australia spends around 10% of GDP on health, so it's imperative that our research strategies also generate economic benefits.
The nine science and research priorities will help focus and coordinate our efforts, and aid government departments in supporting the future of Australian science.
Australia has a bright future in advanced manufacturing, but it will be a turbulent transition that we need to manage carefully.