read my initial post carefully!Bulldozer wrote:Stelaras, scientific research isn't limited to just medical research.
Anyway, I bet that quite a chunk of the research dollars are defence related.
Whilst you would claim that the NHMRC (National Health and Medical Research Council) is purely a funding organisation for medical research it is not and never has been. It is the primary funding body for the Commonwealth of Australia and encompasses all research areas including, social services, traditional medicine, agriculture (flora and fauna), biotechnology (including some environmental agencies) and defence.
The research dollars posted are not just for medical/scientific research. However, medical and scientific research accounts for approx. $200 million (2007 figures) of the $500 million allocation.
The NHMRC acts as an administrator of these funds which are received on a competative basis.
There are obviously other forms of research such as weapons systems, ballistic systems but the government "claims" it does not fund these areas. Also, research conducted into major climate related issues (climate change, and environmental biology and toxicology) are dealt with from other departments. The pool of money here is approximately $250 million p.a.