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Research funding in Australia: the need for change

Applying for research grants in Australia is time consuming and rarely successful. There’s got to be a better way, suggests Kylie Walker, chief executive of lobby group Science & Technology Australia.

In Australia, submissions have just closed for the parliamentary inquiry into funding Australia’s research. The aim of the inquiry is to look at the efficiency, effectiveness and coherency of federal funding for research, excluding the Nationall Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

As a strong voice for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, it was important for Science & Technology Australia (STA) to be part of the conversation. The organisation represents 70,000 scientists and technologists through its 70-plus member organisations, and works with them to advocate on the sector’s behalf.

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