Industry driven research

At a recent meeting I learned that our universities carry out research based on industry proposals. Where once potential students proposed what they would like to study now industry states their research requirements and students do whatever that is.

This opens up many questions.

Does this mean the state education budget is funding the research companies should be paying for themselves?

If somebody wants to research something that questions industry can they do so? For example – if a student wanted to study the adverse affects of a drug produced in Ireland would there be support? Or resistance?

I’d really like the answers. Anyone?

Theresa O’Donohoe 27th May 2016


One thought on “Industry driven research

  1. It’s a very common thing internationally. The way it started was that companies would fund research for themselves and the Uni’s would cream off something on top to run the labs and do their own research on their own things. It’s a huge source of funding in Germany and it’s no different here. A medical company is not going to support adverse research into one of it’s products, but money earned off the top of other research could be used to fund a research project into them. Of course, if you did start to research certain companies you’d be pretty sure that some of the funding would dry up overnight, so for some Uni’s it’s a Catch-22 situation. It depends a lot on the personnel running the research institutes as well. You would usually find people who are directors of companies and also on the boards of Uni’s, and those honorary doctorates are not handed out coincidentally either. it’s something that’s been going on for centuries, hardly going to stop tomorrow I fear. The simple fact is that research can be very costly and governments don’t have the funds (or the courage to fund) long term research which can sometimes last decades. Regards Kevin Date: Fri, 27 May 2016 11:19:39 +0000 To: kevindennehy@hotmail.com

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