The pioneering work being done in Australia to counter COVID-19 shows the benefits of long-term research investment.
As well as extra funding for research beyond what has been announced in the budget for 2021, Australia must take half-a-dozen further steps to put the research sector back on a sound footing.
The early and mid-career researchers who bear most of the teaching and research workload are exhausted and underpaid. Many won't survive the funding squeeze, but Australia can't afford to lose them.
Lockdowns, working from home and funding cuts put a generation of Australian scientists at risk of dropping out.
Post-COVID, there’s an opportunity to form lateral research partnerships driven by the needs of African communities.
Changes caused by COVID-19 in the higher education sector could alter the power dynamics between African researchers and those from developed countries.
Travel bans, a recession and the government's university reform package will leave an estimated $4.7 billion gap in research funding that needs filling to maintain our current output.
Universitas Gadjah Mada (above) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, has joined the ranks of the world’s top 300 universities in the 2021 QS World Rankings.
Higher education institutions have started challenging the role of states as the dominant force in attracting foreign investment – particularly in terms of human talents and technological resources.
Many African researchers feel they should do research that would be acceptable for publication in Western outlets.
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The desire of scholars and universities in Africa to fit into a model imposed from elsewhere may hinder development in Africa.
Australia’s research workforce will be severely impacted by the pandemic, with the effects likely to be felt for years, if not decades.
With a threatening virus sweeping the world, research efforts across sectors have ground to a halt. But one thing is clear: the non-scientific community has never valued research more.
Dr Gildas Hounmanou with his colleagues at the University of Copenhagen. Hounmanou, from Benin, studied in Denmark.
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Global research funding, such as that offered by Denmark's government, can open doors for African researchers to study abroad and then take their skills home.
Research on coronaviruses and their enzymes informs responses to the pandemic.
Previous and current research on coronaviruses helps inform the response to the current pandemic, but funding cuts could threaten these programs.
It’s time to forge a new path forward.
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A symposium celebrated a roadmap for the American scientific enterprise laid out 75 years ago. What should be included in a US research plan that would last through the rest of this century?
Education minister Dan Tehan has been making funding announcement gradually, increasing uncertainty for researchers.
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Decisions about research funding -- and how those decisions are announced -- should not be political and should follow a set schedule.
The EU's next research programme needs to change how universities and business work together.
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.
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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.