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Time for a grant category for curiosity-based research

Gordon L Ada and Frank Fenner
Med J Aust 2002; 176 (5): 244.
Published online: 4 March 2002

To the Editor: We strongly support the proposal1 that it is time to create a special grant category for curiosity-based research proposals. Having been in biomedical research for over 50 years, we have experienced a period when most research was curiosity based. We can thus compare with the present situation — research aiming for a rapid, practical and commercial outcome has become almost a necessity for survival because of the increasingly severe reduction in government funding for universities and research institutes. We would like to illustrate the value of curiosity-based research with a few Australian examples from our own fields.

  • Gordon L Ada
  • Frank Fenner

  • Division of Immunology and Cell Biology, The John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT.

Correspondence: gordon.ada@anu.edu.au

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