With the prospect of a vaccine now becoming a reality, thoughts are already turning to recovery, and how we can build a better post COVID-19 world.
It is in this context that several notable reports have recently emerged, among them this one commissioned by Springer Nature.
Unequivocal in its recognition of the role of University research in the COVID-19 recovery, the report identifies three priorities (and a series of corresponding actions) for governments, policymakers and other stakeholders:
- Priority 1 – Protect research capacity (CAP1-5)
CAP1 – Rebalance research effort to tackle changing national and global priorities
CAP2 – Develop blended online and offline research methods
CAP3 – Strike new partnerships to counter ‘research nationalism’
CAP4 – Address instability and structural inequality in academic career pathways
CAP5 – Reform postgraduate research training
- Priority 2 – Transition to open science (OS1-5)
OS1 – Increase investment in digital infrastructure
OS2 – Redefine roles for commercial and community actors
OS3 – Enable innovation in peer review
OS4 – Embed preprints in publication workflows
OS5 – Adopt open science as the ‘new normal’
- Priority 3 – Secure research funding (RF1-5)
RF1 – Ring-fence research funding to underpin managed systemic change
RF2 – Realign research investment towards biomedicine, digital and green technologies
RF3 – Incentivise external partnerships, from discovery research to deployment
RF4 – Reform funding procedures to deliver greater agility and responsiveness
RF5 – Co-ordinate solutions to improve research system sustainability
The full report can be found here.