In many countries, research funding structures appear to be increasingly supporting applied science with direct links to industry at the expense of fundamental science. Motivated by concern about these changes, the ‘Importance of Fundamental Research’ Working Group aims to quantify these changes and to develop a toolkit for the public, stakeholders, and policy makers that clearly articulates what fundamental research contributes to society and why it should be supported.
In the past decade, as national and international financial resources have declined, there has been a global trend toward supporting applied science with direct links to industry. These trends have a direct impact on young researchers who refrain from choosing fundamental science as their main occupation in order to increase their chances to develop a scientific career and obtain seed funding. Naturally, the impacts of these trends are of a global nature and addressing them may shape the future of our scientific world.
This GYA working group is seeking concrete statistics on fundamental vs. applied research funding from a suite of countries, and aims to demonstrate the importance of fundamental research through empirical evidence and compelling arguments.
For GYA members and alumni only: connect to the group, collaborate and discuss with other members on the GYA-internal Agora platform here.
In 2022/23, group members will contribute to the GYA’s activities for the 2022 International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development (IYBSSD); they will also further communicate about the group’s 2022 Back to Basics report.