In November 2012, the Government announced its intention to assess the broader economic, social and environmental benefits arising from all elements of government research investment, including those benefits arising from university-based research. In support of this work, the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, in consultation with the Australian Research Council, has prepared a discussion paper on Assessing the wider benefits arising from university-based research.
The discussion paper is now available at www.innovation.gov.au/impact
The department invites responses to the issues raised in the paper.
A preferred template for responses is also available online.
Submissions are due by 16 August 2013.
Scope of this paper: Research is undertaken across many sectors including industry, universities, research institutes and publicly funded research agencies. This paper relates specifically to research undertaken in universities because of the volume of data that is already collected from these institutions and the opportunity to build on the assessment of research quality through the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative. The research and engagement activities undertaken within publicly funded research agencies, independent research institutes and within business outside of universities are out of scope for this consultation.