Mixed news for Medical Research funding

The good news from Monday’s MYEFO statement is that there were no changes announced to the capitalisation of the MRFF, funding of the NHMRC or funding of the ARC, meaning the MRFF is on track to be fully capitalised by 2020-21. The bad news is that the Coalition announced cuts of $328.5 million to research…

Google walkout in Sydney part of global protests

Google staff in Sydney walked off the job on 2 November as part of a global protest against the company’s inaction on sexual harassment in the workplace after former senior vice-president Andy Rubin was reportedly given a $90 million exit package following an accusation of sexual harassment. There is also widespread concern at the ethical…

Unbiased and independent selection of research grants fundamental to the integrity of Australia’s research system

Ministerial vetoing of 11 humanities-based research projects recommended for funding by the Australian Research Council. CEO Chris Walton said “There is no room for political interference in Australia’s world-renowned peer-reviewed funding application process. While projects can be aligned with national priorities and strategic objectives, the assessment of scientific merit as identified by peer-review should remain…

My Health Record inquiry reports back

The Senate’s Community Affairs References Committee yesterday delivered its report into the My Health Record system recommending a raft of changes to help balance access and privacy concerns with the benefits of centralised electronic health data. Most notably, the Committee did not recommend making access to the scheme on an opt-in basis. The Committee recommended…

Clinical Scientists to be locked out of supervisory roles if proposed changes to lab supervision proceed

Professionals Australia has written to the Department of Health to bring to their attention the serious consequences for labs and Clinical Scientists should the proposed changes to the NPAAC supervision standards proceed. In our view, the proposed changes are out of step with international practice and will have the effect of: excluding Clinical Scientists from…

Professional Scientists Australia makes submission to Research Funding Inquiry

The House Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Training is inquiring into the efficiency, effectiveness and coherency of Australian Government funding for research in the following areas: diversity, fragmentation and efficiency of investment across the Federal government; the role undertaken by institutions in managing applications for research funding; the efficiency of dual funding systems to…

More detail on research infrastructure spending announced by Birmingham

On Budget night, the Government announced a commitment of $1.9 billion new money for research infrastructure over 12 years including $393.3 million to implement the Research Infrastructure Investment Strategy following the National Research Infrastructure Roadmap consultation (click here to read our submission). However, other than the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre in Perth which would receive an…