The Press: Science funding changes

An article in The Press outlining proposed changes to the structure of science funding in New Zealand:

An excerpt: Read in full here.

Mapp used the research-fund launch to usher in a science sector in which there was “a better balance between negotiated and contestable research”.

“There is a strong groundswell of opinion that the current level of focus on contestability in the system means we are not getting the most out of the investment being made.

“At the heart of the issue is a question of balance between contestability and certainty. We need a contestable system which enables the vigour of new people and new ideas to emerge and flourish, but we also need stability and certainty in areas of core capability.

“I believe we have now turned a corner in our overly competitive system.”