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New funding model in science means more research

PSA Media Release

New funding model in science means more research capacity

The union representing staff at Crown Research Institutes, the Public Service Association, is welcoming today’s announcement from government that there will be a move away from contestable funding in science.

“The move away from contestable funding in science will mean more pioneering research can take place in New Zealand,” said Richard Wagstaff, PSA National Secretary.

The PSA has over 2000 members working in Crown Research Institutes throughout New Zealand.

“Our union has been advocating for this much-needed change to funding in the science sector since the 1990s when it became obvious that contestable funding was undermining long term science projects and stable careers for scientists.”

The PSA has recently launched a science strategy which aims to promote the value of science and those working in it as a priority for government and employers.

“The changes to the funding model show that government understands and values the importance of science in ensuring that our knowledge economy and society becomes a reality.”

“Purely contestable funding in science has been disastrous for New Zealand’s ability to produce top quality research and retain scientists working in our public laboratories and research institutes.”

“The funding changes will help address recruitment problems in the science sector and ensure that science careers are stable and rewarding.”

“The union is looking forward to working with government and employers in the science sector to ensure the smooth implementation of the changes in funding.”

ENDS

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