Ethical, well-funded scientific research can help improve our quality of life and our economic and social development. Research and clean technology is also an essential part of stopping climate change and creating green jobs.

Government investment in science should be increased and simplified

  • Scientists should be able to focus on science, not bureaucracy and administration.
  • Base funding of salaries should ensure scientists and researchers enjoy job security.
  • Public funding should focus on fundamental and applied scientific research, while private funding should be leveraged to invest in technology development.
  • The results of publicly funded science should be published and any revenue reinvested in further scientific research.

Public funding should focus on environmental sustainability and increasing quality of life

  • Grant schemes should include sustainability criteria.
  • Funding should encourage multi-disciplinary and collaborative approaches to complex social and environmental issues.
  • “Public good” funding should be split into base and contestable funding pools. Base funding should only be allocated to the public sector.

Businesses should be encouraged to invest in R&D

  • Government should examine the best means to encourage an increase in private sector funding and investment in research, especially from small and medium sized enterprises.
  • A combination of R&D tax credits and grant funding is appropriate to cater to different types of businesses.
  • Aotearoa New Zealand’s overseas development assistance programmes should encourage the export of New Zealand clean energy technologies and expertise.

Science must be ethical

  • Patents should not be created over lifeforms.
  • Genetic engineering should only occur within a contained laboratory setting.
  • Mauri and whakapapa should be recognised as relevant ethical guidelines.
  • Tangata whenua should be involved at all levels of science funding and research.
  • Maori intellectual property rights should remain with Maori.

 

Government investment in science should be increased and simplified

  • Scientists should be able to focus on science, not bureaucracy and administration.
  • Base funding of salaries should ensure scientists and researchers enjoy job security.
  • Public funding should focus on fundamental and applied scientific research, while private funding should be leveraged to invest in technology development.
  • The results of publicly funded science should be published and any revenue reinvested in further scientific research.

Public funding should focus on environmental sustainability and increasing quality of life

  • Grant schemes should include sustainability criteria.
  • Funding should encourage multi-disciplinary and collaborative approaches to complex social and environmental issues.
  • “Public good” funding should be split into base and contestable funding pools. Base funding should only be allocated to the public sector.

Businesses should be encouraged to invest in R&D

  • Government should examine the best means to encourage an increase in private sector funding and investment in research, especially from small and medium sized enterprises.
  • A combination of R&D tax credits and grant funding is appropriate to cater to different types of businesses.
  • Aotearoa New Zealand’s overseas development assistance programmes should encourage the export of New Zealand clean energy technologies and expertise.

Science must be ethical

  • Patents should not be created over lifeforms.
  • Genetic engineering should only occur within a contained laboratory setting.
  • Mauri and whakapapa should be recognised as relevant ethical guidelines.
  • Tangata whenua should be involved at all levels of science funding and research.
  • Maori intellectual property rights should remain with Maori.
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