Today, universities fulfil many of the science councils' roles at a much lower cost while also training postgraduate students.
With a budget surplus in sight, it makes no sense to cut funding from Australia's research capacity.
After declining for nearly a decade, the number of hungry people in the world is growing again. Climate change, which is disrupting weather patterns that farmers rely on, is a major cause.
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.
Many Budget 2018 measures appear to have origins in proposals advanced by the science community.
Traditional accounting calculates a company's value by measuring physical assets and how much they owe. But we can tweak this for today's economy by including people and their ability to innovate.
The Australia 2030: Prosperity Through Innovation report offers five “imperatives for action”: Education, Industry, Government, Research and Development, and Culture and Ambition.
Calestous Juma believed that Africa needed an integrated science, technology and innovation framework. The continent can make this happen.
A new study connects the dots between published science and patented innovations, mapping just how society benefits from basic scientific research.
Without leading edge innovations and coordination, Canadians will die from the epidemic of antibiotic resistant infections.
President Trump's budget reportedly will slash funding for clean energy research and development. An energy expert explains the importance of government support and spotlights some key opportunities.
Innovation is a huge part of economic growth – and the White House needs to be well-informed on science and tech issues when setting goals and budgets. Here's how presidents get up to speed.
Neither major party has made science and engineering issues a big part of its platform. But research – and its funding – are crucial if the U.S. wants to maintain status as a global leader.
The tax system is only one of several ways R&D can and should be incentivised.
There is a very real risk that South Africa's major research projects will stumble and the whole research machine will be shut down by ongoing student protests.
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.
Australia's relatively small market size means it must rely more heavily on international markets to innovate.
Economic growth alone won't end hunger. Good policies and programmes are needed, too. Scientists and researchers have a role to play in these initiatives.
There are a number of stumbling blocks to intra African collaboration. These must be addressed to ensure that research is not duplicated and that findings are shared.
Successful economies are led by innovation and driven by knowledge. For Africa to advance, it needs to make more substantial investments in its research and development sector.