National research priorities cleared for final cabinet approval in science shakeup

National research priorities cleared for final cabinet approval in science shakeup
Research, science and innovation minister, Ayesha Verrall. (Image: NZME)
Greg Hurrell
The government has moved closer to a system of setting national priorities for scientific research after a cabinet committee referred it to the entire cabinet for approval.Under the proposed system, the government would set the overall direction of much of New Zealand’s publicly funded research to bring about social, health, economic and environmental benefits for the country.In a partially redacted minute from May 23 this year, which was released on July 19, the cabinet economic development committee agreed to establish national research...

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