The government is unlikely to accept the Bradley panel’s finding that universities must conduct research in all broad fields in which they teach, innovation minister Kim Carr revealed last week. And he revived talk about mission-based compacts and a “hubs-and-spokes” approach to university research – concepts that barely received a mention in the Cutler and Bradley reviews. ported the general concept of funding the full cost of research, as advocated by Bradley, Cutler and the House of Representatives standing committee on industry, science and innovation. But he said it was a difficult reform to champion, particularly during the economic downturn. “Not all my colleagues would appreciate what I mean by full cost of research. I’m doing my best to explain it to them,” he said.
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