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Medical research key to improving health and wealth

Burnet Institute

20 November, 2012

“Any system that required researchers to spend up to a third of their time applying for grants for which there is a 20 per cent success rate needs reform,” AAMRI President and Burnet’s Director and CEO, Professor Brendan Crabb said.

Professor Crabb reaffirmed in a recently published article in Life Scientist that AAMRI will continue to advocate for a drastic reduction in the number of research grant applications each year by making individual grants larger and longer term, in line with other major OECD nations.

Here is an excerpt of Professor Crabb’s article about the challenges facing the health and medical research community.

Research is long-term in nature, so there is a tendency for it to be viewed as an ‘easy cut’ or luxury. This thinking must change.

With Federal Treasury projections showing that health costs will account for half of all government spend by 2050, investment in medical research is imperative.

The annual budgetary uncertainty faced by Australia’s medical researchers compromised the future of the sector.

It discourages private sector investment in medical research, jeopardises long-term research projects and threatens to send our highly trained researchers overseas in their search for funding certainty.

There is also much that can be done to improve productivity and efficiency in the sector. Any system that requires researchers to spend up to a third of their time applying for grants for which there is a 20 per cent success rate needs reform.

AAMRI will continue to advocate for a drastic reduction in the number of research grant applications each year by making individual grants larger and longer term, in line with other major OECD nations.

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For more information in relation to this news article, please contact:

Professor Brendan Crabb AC

Director and CEO; Co-Head Malaria Research Laboratory; Chair, Victorian Chapter of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI)

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+61392822174

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brendan.crabb@burnet.edu.au

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