Nature Outlook: Assessing science

Research impact: Income for outcome

When it comes to research, governments the world over are asking more questions about whether they are getting value for money — and there is nothing wrong with that, says Peter Gluckman, chief science adviser to the prime minister of New Zealand. “It is what the whole of a nation’s science policy process is about: how much to allocate to public sector support; how much to industry sector support; how much to invest in heath versus relative amounts for environment, for instance,” he says.

doi:10.1038/511S72a


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