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Science and Research - Public Science

ACT The Liberal Party Rodney Hide

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Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand Jeanette Fitzsimons

Split funding for ‘public good’ research and development between base and contestable pools, with the appropriate balance between these pools being the subject of regular review
Fund salaries for researchers out of base funding to provide greater security.
Expand the range of time frames over which research can be funded to include both the very short term and the long-term
Include peer review, client assessment, and/or independent audit in the funding allocation system.
Direct public funding to support fundamental and applied science research while leveraging private funds to develop technologies based on this research

New Zealand Labour Party Hon Pete Hodgson

Continue to increase overall research and science funding
Develop a multi-year funding pathway for research, science & technology funding in the Budget process, similar to that for Health
Move a greater proportion of research investment into longer-term funding arrangements
Move to fund an overall research programme rather than asking the research organisation to finance themselves by winning a multitude of smaller research grants
Continue to provide scope for research teams to win new or expanded research funding through success in a competitive grants process

Maori Party Dr Pita Sharples  
National Party of New Zealand Katherine Rich

Support further growth and development of high-quality blue skies and strategic research in tertiary institutions
Continue with the existing rules and funding for the PBRF and ensure all institutions offering degrees can meet the statutory requirement for related research capacity

New Zealand First Hon Brian Donnelly

Expand publicly-funded topo-culture research through rural New Zealand
Introduce further scholarships to ensure that we keep our best students and provide for research and development expertise
Focus Public Good Research funding more tightly on job growth and increased export earnings

Progressive Coalition Hon Jim Anderton  
United Future New Zealand Judy Turner

Increase spending on scientific research to at least one per cent of GDP and establish a Public Good Science Fund that will focus on areas of strategic importance for the future of New Zealand

You can find the policy positions of more parties by checking these websites.
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