On 4 October 2005, the Australian Academy of Science made the following submission to the Department of Education, Science and Training on Research Quality Framework: The preferred model.
The Australian Academy of Science welcomes the latest milestone in the development of the emerging model for the Research Quality Framework (RQF).
The Academy has consistently argued that block funding schemes should reward research quality, research outcomes (including long-term outcomes) and impact. The Academy welcomes the commitment to redistribute all the Institutional Grants Scheme (IGS) funds and at least half of the Research Training Scheme (RTS) funds under a framework that recognises research quality. As is broadly acknowledged, the current formula-driven funding works against cooperation and specialisation; formula funding is a recipe for homogeneity and wasteful duplication.
The Academy supports the Expert Advisory Group’s resolve that the RQF will be underpinned by transparency, acceptability, effectiveness and encouragement of positive behaviours. The Academy suggests that in refining the details of the RQF the following additional principles should be given due consideration.
The RQF should:
The Academy welcomes the staged, progressive implementation of the RQF and remains keen to assist the Expert Advisory Group in evaluating how research quality ratings would translate into funding outcomes.
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