What is each partner looking to get?
The interests of pharmaceutical companies and public health are not the same. Industry dollars can distort research agendas, while framing health challenges and solutions in ways that benefit corporations.
Money doesn’t grow in flasks – scientists have to find funds outside the lab.
Money always seems tight for university scientists. A sociologist conducted hundreds of interviews to see how they think about funding sources and profit motives for basic and applied research.
People seem to think industry-funded research belongs in the garbage.
Scientists need funding to do their work. But a new study finds turning to industry partners taints perceptions of university research, and including other kinds of partners doesn’t really help.
What should government and students contribute towards university degrees?
Increasing the amount that students pay towards their degree is likely to be on the cards of higher education in this year’s election.
One in five research graduates is dissatisfied with the supervision they received.
A new review of research training in Australia calls for transferable skills to be central to the training of PhD students.
Big data is not sufficient in Australia.
Improving data quality and accessibility will provide an important platform for business, policy innovation and academic research.
What is the purpose of measuring engagement, impact or quality?
Engagement is not impact, and simple measures such as non-government research income tell us very little about genuine external engagement between universities and industry.
Don’t be lured into collaboration just because it’s what everyone else seems to be doing.
Between 50-75% of all collaborations fail. Here are some tips on how to set up a successful collaboration between academia and industry.
The competitiveness agenda might be good for research, but only research that can turn a profit.
The Departments of Education and Industry jointly released a paper, Boosting the Commercial Returns from Research, this morning. While somewhat short on details, the document clarifies that the Commonwealth…