The Coalition government showed a disdain for the arts, humanities and social sciences. The plight of these disciplines requires action from the incoming Labor government on three fronts.
A Senate committee is discussing a bill designed to shore up the independence of the Australian Research Council, after recent high-profile cases of ministers vetoing research grants.
Decisions on research funding are too complex for a pub test. Assessing grant applications requires a high level of expertise and diligence, which the minister simply disregarded.
After years of government rhetoric about boosting the commercial benefits from university research, Australia’s record is still among the worst in the developed world.
David Olufemi Olaleye
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Nigeria’s academic community is mourning the death of virology professor and leading researcher, David Olufemi Olaleye.
Nigeria must increase funding for health research
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More funding is needed to galvanise
Nigeria’s health system as medical research is not well funded.
Expectations that academics raise funds themselves and aim to publish in certain ‘quality’ publications are shaping research and where it is published.
Human rights defenders speaking out for women march through an informal settlement in Nairobi.
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Removing funding from research-led projects puts people in highly vulnerable situations.
The rejection culture of academia is damaging. Rejections are inevitable, but there are better ways of managing the process that don’t leave individuals to bear the whole burden of coping.
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.
It’s not all doom and gloom for African universities – some are getting it right.
With limited resources and inadequate infrastructure, African universities appear to be under tremendous strain. But some are beating the odds and getting it right.
Without proper assessment and evaluation, a university’s grants wheel can grind to a halt.
Evaluation is a critical tool for decisions on improving performance. It also assures that African universities are getting value for money from grants, donations and the like.
Culture wars reignited between the government and the university sector in 2018.
Tensions between the government and the university sector ran high in 2018, with the government cutting funding to student places and research and a big push back from universities.
It is easy to see the benefits from the advances we have made in physics, chemistry, engineering, computer science and the life sciences. Without these impressive leaps in understanding, we would not have…
Good science loses out when bad science gets the funding.
New studies on the quality of published research shows we could be wasting billions of dollars a year on bad science, to the neglect of good science projects.
The traditional starting point for considering the scientific impact of research are its citations. But judging which research applications should be funded is a very inexact science.
Australia has a long history of world class science, but a national science strategy will help boost engagement with industry.
The government’s announcement of a national science strategy is good for Australia, particularly for promoting engagement between science and industry.
Putting the power of the crowd to work could raise more money for scientific research.
You and me have quite a few genes in common.
Sarah Palin hated them and they’ve helped win Nobel prizes, so what is it about fruit flies that we should value so much?
What words appear most frequently in successful research grant applications? And how have they changed over the years?
A look at how grant applications to Australia’s two largest science funding bodies have changed over the years.