21 Nov 2018

Are the National Science Challenges transparent enough?

From Nine To Noon, 9:27 am on 21 November 2018
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Questions are being asked about why the government won't release a full review of the funding decisions for its National Science Challenges.

$420 million in additional funding for the decade long series of major science projects has been approved, bringing investment so far to $680 million, but its midway review will not be released. While scientists support the continued funding of these important R & D projects many would like to see more transparency.

Associate Professor Nicola Gaston, is the Co-Director, of The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at The University of Auckland. She is also a former president of The New Zealand Association of Scientists.

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