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Basic, discovery, validation and development research (preclinical research) are vital components of bringing new medical innovations to the people in need.  These innovations include new medicines, vaccines, diagnostics and devices. The Conversation has recently published a good lay article describing the process of bringing a new medicine to market outlining the contents included in the […]

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The Age recently published an article ‘The dodgy academic journals publishing anti-vaxxers and other ‘crappy science’.   The article describes a booming black market duping academics into submitting their research for a fee of up to $3000 a paper and notes the increasing number of reputable journals charging researchers to submit or cite their publications. We […]

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In the presence of industry, business and research experts and our partner representatives from the NSW Department of Primary Industries, on Wednesday 10 December we awarded our 2015 grants. This followed a recent strategy implementation that saw our Foundation change its focus towards advancing innovations and enabling collaborations, with funding available via competitive grants rounds […]

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Assuming both are important where do you think priority should lie?

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In our last post, we mentioned failure and how grant makers should not only have a way around measuring success for grants that worked to plan, but also for grants that haven’t. We thought this topic should be explored in a little more detail. Research by its nature has the ability to fail.  Researchers take […]

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Measuring success when supporting biomedical research can be difficult.  This is particularly relevant if there is no predetermined agreement of what success looks like or no strategy to guide how you contribute to the larger picture. Often governments, researchers and the community use terms such as ‘bench to bedside’ (beginning and end) when considering the […]

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It’s good to give

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Since 2001, wealthy Australian families have been increasingly taking advantage of Private Ancillary Funds (PAFs) as a vehicle to structure their giving.  What these funds provide is no surprise; tax deductibility paired with the ability to custom-design your own support to the causes chosen by you and your appointed directors (which are often family members). […]

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Despite recent growth of high-net-worth individuals giving large sums publically, JBWere’s Giving Trends Report found that overall giving has stalled. Generosity Magazine interviewed the author, John McLeod, who reported that “Despite thirty years of steady growth in Australian philanthropy, overall giving appears to have plateaued following the Global Financial Crisis and that the latest report […]

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Should governments consider the introduction of an additional tax incentive to encourage philanthropy?   Governments could choose to accredit certain organisations, select priority areas and or strategies for support and provide a new tax incentive to encourage donations. Tax incentives to support investment are not new.  Australia’s R&D tax incentive program has successfully encouraged investment […]

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Looking beyond the research and considering translational needs when funding research. How well are your expectations, application and review processes, measures of success and funding strategy aligned with the next steps for translation?

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