Research Funding – Definition of ‘Basic Research’

IrelandDeputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the definition of basic research used by his Department in deciding allocations to different types of research …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 30 April]


  • “SFI enacting legislation defines oriented basic research as research that is carried out with the expectation that it will produce a broad base of knowledge that is likely to form the background to the solution of recognised or expected current or future problems or possibilities.”
    What utter blather. More to the point, even a cursory glance at the funding schemes advertised on the SFI website make it clear that “oriented basic research” is in fact applied research.

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