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Direct links between universities and industry funders pose significant risks – but can they be managed? Shannon Kringen/Flickr

Viewpoints: should universities accept funding from industry?

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.
Academic publishers are attempting to build a walled garden around their content, blocking it off from public eyes. the.Firebottle/Flickr

Publisher pushback puts open access in peril

A new policy by publisher Elsevier is threatening to wind back the gains made by the open access movement.
Speeches such as Bickmore’s should be the start of a conversation about what is funded, not its conclusion. Joe Castro/AAP

Who should have a say in what medical research is funded?

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.
Australia has a long history of world class science, but a national science strategy will help boost engagement with industry. Steve Dorman/Flickr

Why a national science strategy is good for Australia

The government's announcement of a national science strategy is good for Australia, particularly for promoting engagement between science and industry.
Research institutes are important economic contributors to their host cities. The University of Queensland is just across the river from the city of Brisbane. Photo credit: The University of Queensland.

Future Fellowship cuts hit early-stage researchers hardest

Scrapping the ARC Future Fellowships scheme would have a significant impact on the Australian research community, with knock-on effects for innovation, the economy, and society at large.
Chief scientist of Australia Professor Ian Chubb during his address to the National Press Club in Canberra. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Aspiring to something magnificent with science in Australia

Science matters and is important for Australia's future but there is evidence mounting that we are falling behind the rest of the world.
Research infrastructure, such as the H-1NF at the Australian Plasma Fusion Research Facility, enables our world leading science. Australian Plasma Fusion Research Facility

Securing the future of Australia’s research infrastructure

Australia needs to take a longer term view of research infrastructure funding in order to prevent it from becoming politicised.
Education Minister Christopher Pyne at today’s press conference in Canberrra. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Pyne backflips on research infrastructure funding cut

Education Minister Christopher Pyne has backed down on his threat to defund NCRIS if the Senate failed to pass the government's university deregulation bill.
New innovations and technologies, such as the Nanopatch developed by Australian biotech Vaxxas, are instrumental to Australia’s future prosperity, and many benefit from NCRIS facilities, which are now under threat from government cuts. AIBN

Intergenerational prosperity depends on supporting research

The government believes innovation will be crucial to our future productivity, yet it is threatening cuts to research infrastructure that is instrumental to promoting innovation and new technologies.

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