'National interest' test for ARC grants has top medical researchers alarmed

Professors Peter Doherty and Ian Frazer say 'national interest' must be defined

Australia’s top medical researchers have condemned new rules demanding that Federal Government research grants only be awarded to projects that can be shown to be in the “national interest”.

Federal Parliament in Canberra

More than $3 billion in funding is handed out by the Australian Research Council (ARC) over the next four years.

In the past, ACR  funding has been use in  the development of adhesive surgical glue, and the discovery of the potential of vitamin B3 to treat a molecular