Industry driven research has less standing in university culture than research that achieves great recognition amongst other researchers. Altering those priorities, without diminishing the importance of investigator led research, will not be easy.
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 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment and most international ranking systems.
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