The Academy has responded to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training’s inquiry into Funding Australia’s Research, highlighting that:
- Research and innovation drive economic growth, create jobs and bring considerable societal benefits through the translation of research findings.
- Efficiency and impact of research funding will be maximised through long-term investment that provides the stability needed to ensure that research and innovation can address the most pressing national and global challenges.
- For health and medical research, funding impact and translation will be substantially improved by ensuring that research is embedded in healthcare delivery. Clinician scientists need to be empowered to pursue both clinical and research endeavours.
- Research funding now must deliver for the future, which means implementing targeted support for early- and mid-career researchers to ensure that they can become tomorrow’s leaders.
Our full response can be downloaded below.