Delivering a high-performing research sector to Australia: Watt Review response

Friday 6 May 2016


The Government has accepted all 28 recommendations of the Watt Review into research policy and funding.

The comprehensive review was a cornerstone for Australia’s approach to innovation and builds on the $1.1 billion National Innovation and Science Agenda to strengthen Australia’s research system and to better translate research outcomes into economic and social benefits.

The Government has already implemented 12 key recommendations as part of the package of NISA measures including:

•          $180.2 million to boost university and industry engagement through streamlined university Research Block Grant arrangements

•          shorter turn-around periods for funding decisions under the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects scheme including the introduction of a continuous application and assessment process

•          a national assessment of university research engagement and impact

•          $18 million in funding to expand the Innovation Connections Program.

The Government will consult with university and industry sectors about how to address the remaining recommendations including greater recognition of business experience in university appointments and promotions and encouraging greater access to intellectual property arising from publicly funded research.

The Government response to the Watt Review report is available here

View the ministerial media release here