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Oct 23 (BusinessWire) – The Government’s has unveiled an important chunk of its slowly emerging innovation agenda today with the publication of proposals to radically simplify funding for scientific research by the Minister of Research, Science and Technology, Wayne Mapp.

“The changes we will deliver in the next six to nine months are arguably the most significant in 10 to 15 years” in science policy and will be a centre-piece of the 2010 Budget, Mapp told BusinessWire in an exclusive interview.

Bearing the heavy stamp, as well as the credibility, of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Adviser, Professor Peter Gluckman from the University of Auckland’s Liggins Institute, the feedback paper proposes trimming to fewer, more strategic “priority areas” of RS&T investment. The proposals relate mainly to the funds administered by the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology, the Health Research Council and the Royal Society of New Zealand. These relate mainly to Crown Research Institute funding.

New Zealand - Science funding shake-up heralds innovation agenda