Tagged: research funding

PBRF: The end is nigh - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Jul 16, 2018

I’d like to say the end is nigh for the performance-based research fund (PBRF), full stop. A few months ago, I demonstrated how the expensive and tedious production of evidence portfolios by 7000 academic staff will do nothing to change the redistribution of research funding – the purported reason for PBRF. So, I’d like to … Read More

Performance Based Research Fund: a net zero sum game - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Oct 18, 2017

Throughout the land, more than 7000 academics are awake night after night and suffering.  They are scrambling to gather evidence of just how great they have performed over the last six years. A conscientious bunch, they perform this task with their usual attention to detail and desire to impress (I didn’t say they were modest!).  Ostensibly, this exercise is … Read More

Govt asks: ‘Conservation science – are we doing it right?’ - News

John Kerr Jul 18, 2016

The Government funds millions of dollars’ worth of conservation and environment research each year – and it needs your help to make sure that research is heading in the right direction. A planned conservation and environment science ‘roadmap’ will lay out the Government’s research priorities of for the next 20 years. The Department of Conservation (DOC) and Ministry for the Environment (MfE) have jointly … Read More

Brexit: how will it impact NZ science? - Guest Work

John Kerr Jul 15, 2016

In the wake of the Brexit vote, UK scientists have been extremely worried over uncertainties about European Union research funding – closer to home the question is ‘what does it mean for NZ science?’ Things are looking tough for the UK science sector. According The Guardian: “The backlash against UK researchers began immediately after the June referendum when the failure to … Read More

Marsden Maths - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Oct 02, 2015

Motu’s released the working paper they’d presented at the NZAE meetings earlier this year. They show that Marsden grants do increase research output. But as for whether the programme is cost effective? Well, that’s more fun. The average researcher on teams receiving Marsden grants made 6 proposals and received 1.2 grants over the period 2000-2012. The Fund allocated … Read More

Hierarchy of funding sources - The Dismal Science

Bill Kaye-Blake Nov 25, 2013

I spent most of Friday talking about funding — where to get it, how to get it. As always, we researchers are trying to keep going. More accurately, we are trying to keep the research programmes alive. We already have the framework for understanding this situation: Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Here it is, re-purposed to […] … Read More

On innovation, follow the money - The Dismal Science

Bill Kaye-Blake Jul 17, 2013

As you might have guessed from the light posting, off-line life has been kicking my patootie. I have no idea when regular service may resume. In the meanwhile, I’ll do what I can. Today’s topic: Callaghan Innovation (CI). This is a new organisation, a Crown Entity, formed from the old Crown Research Institute IRL (Industrial […] … Read More

Strangling research in its crib [revised] - The Dismal Science

Bill Kaye-Blake May 21, 2013

The Dominion Post runs a science column by Bob Brockie, who briefly introduces readers to new findings or key ideas from the world of science. It’s a nice addition to the newspaper, better than the scandale du jour that passes for journalism, even if he has the annoying habit of speaking ex cathedra. Monday, though, […] … Read More

What’s the point of academic research? - The Dismal Science

Bill Kaye-Blake Apr 19, 2013

I’m still thinking about MOOCs. A university is supposed to be involved in research and teaching, and MOOCs potentially cut into the teaching side of the business. Even if they aren’t as good, they may still take a big chunk of market share. One can buy hand-sewn shirts, but mass-produced shirts are much more common. […] … Read More

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