February 16, 2011 – Funding models and how they influence research endeavours haven’t always been the topic of cocktail parties, let alone gatherings of professional researchers. However there is considerable discrepancy in the models deployed across the continents, and at least one author thinks it should be discussed.

This interesting topic was found on The Australian in their article, “Blind to excellence in innovation.” The author points out that the competitive and merit-based programs represented by the Australian Research Council and cooperative research centres have the most influence. Since research classification is ultimately a taxonomy of knowledge, the need for clear taxonomies is obvious. Ask any librarian.

The competition for research funding is tough. The Excellence in Research for Australia initiative assesses research quality within Australia’s higher education institutions using a combination of indicators and expert review by committees comprising experienced, internationally-recognized experts.

Melody K. Smith

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