Alarm at $103m raid on university research programs

Joseph Brookes
Senior Reporter

The federal government on Wednesday revealed a $103 million cut to university research programs to help fund reforms across the wider sector, angering research groups already dealing with record-low R&D investment.

The Albanese government’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) shows $46.2 million will be cut from the new flagship research commercialisation program Australia’s Economic Accelerator, while the Regional Research Collaboration Program has been axed entirely to save another $56.3 million from its uncommitted funding.

Education minister Jason Clare downplayed the cuts and said the reprioritisation is needed to fund initial wider reforms to the sector identified by the Universities Accord.

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