Tag: impact

Funding research! A funders or donor’s intent relates to the purposeful state of mind behind the act of giving. The desire and hope that their the gift will contribute to achieve a greater community good is often philanthropist’s underlying intent. The same can be said about the community’s willingness to give or support a cause. […]

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Measurements and rewards influence behaviour. They not only influence what is performed, but also what is not. Key performance indicators are often used to measure the performance of employees; they prioritise activities and drive behaviour. The measures, rewards and potential of future grant successes that funders of research and their employers put into the research […]

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Australia’s innovation efficiency is a wicked problem needing a solution.  The ability for Australia to capitalise on its research efforts has consistently ranked well below expectations. One of the key opportunities for philanthropy is to innovate and test solutions that can be scaled to assist in solving wicked problems such as this and contribute towards […]

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  Written by Associate Professor Bernard Flynn The Opportunity: The pharmaceutical sector is one of the most profitable industries in the world. The top 10 selling drugs all have annual sales in excess of US$6 bil pa. In the last 20 yrs the sector has been transformed, with many larger Pharma companies preferring to build […]

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I started writing this post to provoke a conversation and scratch the surface on an important issue.  There are many differing points of view and most are valid, and less valid at the same time depending on the lens you are looking through. Measuring impact from research requires a more sophisticated or complex conversation than […]

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Back in the nineties, when the Biotechnology sector was emerging, Signals Magazine published a series of articles “How the Elephants Dance”.   This series explored how the biotechnology sector and big pharmaceutical companies interacted together and with each other to bring new medicines, vaccine, diagnostics and devices to market where those in need could access 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 order to harness the benefits from medical research it is important to bring all key stakeholders together, including philanthropy, industry, government and academia.  NFMRI’s conference uniquely provides this opportunity, creating an interactive forum to discuss opportunities, issues and ideas. We encourage delegates to submit questions in advance and contribute to the conversation. The […]

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A challenge for funders of research is that it often requires more than research to achieve their ultimate goals. Restricting funding to research is often set out in the terms of; a bequest, a donation, a grant, the constitution and may be a requirement for the funder to maintain charitable status. The outcome funders wish […]

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Could this be a reality?   We all know that not all good ideas gain traction and become reality. This is true for inventors, for business, for things around the home and for medical research. Discoveries and good ideas that are never disclosed and disappear without a trace may later be rediscovered and lead to future […]

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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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