3 Apr 2019

Politicians picking research winners? Rubbish! Leave it to researchers!

NOW WHICH ONE WILL WIN VOTES?
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Funding bodies, such as the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to cease.

Is it so politician's can politicise decisions made on research?

The government appears to be moving away from allocating medical research funding through existing funding bodies, such as the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), towards politicians?? Allocating research funds to specific disease areas, and even to individual institutions.

This is a much more direct approach to research funding, but it raises a few important questions. On what basis are these funding decisions being made? And why are some diseases considered priorities to receive funding? There is very little detail to answer these questions.

Australia’s allocation of research funding through the MRFF is diverging from long-held traditions in other countries, such as the United Kingdom, which apply the “Haldane principle”. This involves researchers deciding where research funding is spent, rather than politicians.

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