The amount of funding countries allocate for research is important. Equally important is spending those funds in ways that promote research excellence and innovation.
To move towards a knowledge-based economy, Indonesia needs to invest its research funds strategically.
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.
South Africa’s research and development funding must be spent for public good.
Today, universities fulfil many of the science councils' roles at a much lower cost while also training postgraduate students.
Revolutionary technologies like CRISPR are founded on discoveries uncovered through basic research that attracts very little attention.
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On average, important new lab techniques like CRISPR take 23 years to develop – but there is a public expectation that scientific breakthroughs occur quickly and efficiently.
The shockwaves of this cut will be felt for years to come at Australian universities.
With a budget surplus in sight, it makes no sense to cut funding from Australia's research capacity.
A scene from Doug Engelbart’s groundbreaking 1968 computer demo.
Doug Engelbart Institute
A 90-minute presentation in 1968 showed off the earliest desktop computer system. In the process it introduced the idea that technology could make individuals better – if government funded research.
Even privately run colleges and universities get money from the federal government.
Yet the money spent on student loans, Pell Grants and funding for research is not generally keeping pace with the demand for higher ed.
Research-intensive universities can produce world class researchers.
Working with African universities to effectively become research-intensive could transform sub-Saharan Africa's higher education landscape.
Kindling interest might be better than filling people with facts.
The scientific community always wants more cash to fund research. A new study examines whether more concrete knowledge of science or more general interest in it is likelier to loosen the pursestrings.
In 2016, it cost A$12.4 billion to operate the Group of Eight universities, of which public funds from the government provided A$6.7 billion. The London Economics report reveals that the work of the Group of 8, delivered a return of over A$66 billion to the nation.
A new report found that every one dollar of public funding spent on Go8 university research generated A$9.76 across the Australian economy, a roughly 10 fold return on the government's investment.
It takes time to see which finding might be a golden egg.
Basic research can be easy to mock as pointless and wasteful of resources. But it's very often the foundation for future innovation – even in ways the original scientists couldn't have imagined.
Global South-based scholars are often not part of major debates and conversations.
The exclusion of scholars based in the global South undermines their work.
China’s political system sets the course for the science in universities, government labs and industry.
China's government is prioritizing world-class science and tech. An expert describes the Chinese research landscape – and questions its sustainability.
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.
Diseases low on the hierarchy of prestige are often difficult to diagnose and treat.
In the hierarchy of diseases, those suffering from 'high prestige' diseases benefit from strong community and clinical support, while others are left in the dark.
Despite the Federal Government’s teacher education reforms and the push for evidence-based teaching, less than 2% of ARC research funding is directed to educational research.
Australian military personnel during a counter-terrorism training exercise in 2014.
Research partnerships between Australian universities, the Department of Defence and weapons manufacturers may not be ethically justifiable.
The Urban Planning Exhibition Centre in Shanghai – good planning is immensely valuable.
Given the challenges Australian cities face, the need for urban planning based on solid research is greater than ever. Sadly, when it comes to research funding, planning is at the back of the queue.
Humboldt University in Berlin. German universities may emerge as ‘winners’ from Brexit.
New cross-European study shows how Brexit will affect higher education beyond the UK.
A lack of federal funds stymies gun violence researchers.
Alan English CPA
Research is the foundation for evidence-based policies. But because of funding prohibitions, there's little US research to inform the contentious debate around gun violence and gun control.