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Precarity in academia is tied to the contestable funding model.

Lee, K.L.

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    <subfield code="a">&lt;p&gt;This brief explores some of the drivers of precarity that are inherently built-in to our current contestable research funding model;&amp;nbsp;although not&amp;nbsp;by design.&amp;nbsp; Herein, it is also&amp;nbsp;highlighted why funding research and indeed researchers, 100% from contestable sources, does not reflect the reality of what academic researchers do with their time.&amp;nbsp; In reality, researchers need to use a % of their time to do research-related&amp;nbsp;(research-support) tasks,&amp;nbsp;career-building tasks as well as research community contributions that are not explicitly described within the research projects that actually supply 100% of their salary.&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;The system also fails to recognise that research is a continuum of knowledge-building rather than&amp;nbsp;a series of individual research projects.&amp;nbsp; With no element of stable funding base in the current system, the ability of researchers to carry out&amp;nbsp;knowledge-building is compromised and there is therefore knowledge-loss.&amp;nbsp; Precarity of our research workforce also drives skill-loss and is subsequently wasting money and resources.&amp;nbsp; The proposal of a base grant model goes some way to recognise the reality of how research is actually carried out and therefore support a more efficient, flexible&amp;nbsp;system, putting people and their talent first.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt;</subfield>
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