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IRU – Innovation in Action Series 3 of 4

Innovative Research Universities (IRU) recommends an additional assessment to provide an effective measure of the value of research for end users to support the new innovation agenda. The new measure would complement the existing Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) to create a comprehensive Australian research assessment measure.

The incentives for individual researchers are critical to stimulating a change in the balance of researcher focus. A significant factor holding back universities’ capacity to extend research activity to improve support for industry driven research is the emphasis on income from national competitive grants, publication output and citations and the way in which they underpin the ERA and most international ranking systems.