ATSE welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the Department of Education, Skills and Employment’s consultation on proposed reforms to the Research Block Grant (RBG) funding framework. This submission makes three key recommendations:
Recommendation 1: Reject the proposed changes to Research Block Grants.
Recommendation 2: Increase flexible funding for basic research through the Research Block Grants.
Recommendation 3: Incentivise industry to invest in research and development, including through a collaborative premium on the R&D tax incentive.