Questions are being asked about why the government won’t release a full review of the funding decisions for its National Science Challenges.
$420 million in additional funding for the decade long series of major science projects has been approved, bringing investment so far to $680 million, but its midway review will not be released. While scientists support the continued funding of these important R & D projects many would like to see more transparency.
Associate Professor Nicola Gaston, is the Co-Director, of The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at The University of Auckland. She is also a former president of The New Zealand Association of Scientists.