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Science and research funding

13 May 2014

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The Australian Academy of Science says the 2014-15 Budget is mixed for science, investing in some areas while pulling funding from others.

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research4The Budget announcement of a new Medical Research Future Fund provides a positive vision, but the rest of Australian science is left substantially weakened.

The Budget cuts at least $420 million over the forward estimates to five vital science agencies — the Australian Research Council (ARC) ($74.9 million), the CSIRO ($111.4 million), the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) ($120 million), Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) ($27.6 million), and Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) ($7.8 million) – as well as the Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) program ($80 million).

These cuts come after an overall decline in the science budget of $470 million since 2011.

The Academy welcomes the target to double National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) spending by 2022, new spending on the Future Fellowships program for mid-career researchers, additional support for the Agricultural R&D Corporations, the continuation of the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS), and a new commitment to the Academy’s education programs Primary Connections and Science by Doing.

It describes the introduction of tuition fees for research students in PhD programs as “of great concern”.

 

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