Research funding systems in Australia, New Zealand and the UK: Policy settings and perceived effects

  • Lewis J
  • Ross S
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Abstract

The funding of research in universities is increasingly based on direction of resources in support of ‘excellence’. Funding decisions are linked to evaluation through research funding systems, but there has so far been little comparative empirical research on the perceived effects of these systems. This article reports on a study involving interviews with 274 academics at universities in Australia (Melbourne), New Zealand (Auckland) and the UK (Birmingham). Perceptions of the three research funding systems demonstrated significant differences across universities, and some interesting gender and seniority differences, but surprisingly little variance between humanities, science and social science disciplines.

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  • Australia
  • PBRF
  • RAE
  • Research funding systems
  • Research policy

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Authors

  • Jenny M. Lewis

  • Sandy Ross

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