Tag: Research

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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  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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Written by Jenny Pyke Jenny is the R&D Program Advisor and Accreditation Manager with the National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia (NATA)   There are ongoing discussions regarding the lack of reproducibility of research. This concern, expressed globally, has been fuelled by stakeholders’ failed attempts to reproduce key research outcomes and the retraction of some research papers, […]

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Written by Dr Geoff Garrett AO FTSE, Chief Scientist of Queensland. SCIENCE VISION Winston Churchill: “The further backward you can look, the further forward you can see”. Steve Jobs: “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards”. The Human Genome Project, completed in 2003, took 13 years and cost $2.7 billion. […]

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I recall listening to stories and recordings of my father performing on stage in Victoria.  His career dreams revolved around musicals, yet he was a mechanic.  His family persuaded him that career opportunities did not exist and that he should get a ‘real’ job.  He gave up his passion for security. Is a career in […]

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There are increasing community and media expectations for recipients of taxpayer-funded research to communicate how they deliver social impact The topic of social impact resulting from university-based research has been gaining momentum lately across mainstream media. We recently wrote about the evolution of purpose and the role of universities, but since then Professor Kevin Galvin […]

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Previous posts: Part 1, Part 2 Part 3 of looking back through the microscope at medical research attempts to encourage conversation about making effective, strategic social investments in biomedical research. As with any business, donor or government, resources are not infinite and outcomes are best achieved by getting the balance right in what is supported […]

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Infrastructure is essential, and in the case of medical research, scientists need to work in facilities fitted out much differently (and expensively) to our standard office buildings. For some donors and governments, it’s satisfying to see the fruit of your labor erected from the ground relatively quickly: two years ago there wasn’t a building, now […]

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QUT’s June 2014 working paper on tax-deductible donations, along with Generosity Magazine’s recent article on Private Ancillary Fund (PAF) data, indicated a sharp rise in health donations from PAFs, up from $18 m in 2010/11 to $33m in 2011/12. The research sector was also reported to have been a winner, with PAF distributions up from […]

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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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