Toward an Ecological Model of Research and Development


Ben Schneiderman, the founding director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab,  in The Atlantic: “The choice between basic and applied research is a false one….The belief that basic or pure research lays the foundation for applied research was fixed in science policy circles by Vannevar Bush’s 1945 report on Science: The Endless Frontier. Unfortunately, his unsubstantiated beliefs have remained attractive to powerful advocates of basic research who seek funding for projects that may or may not advance innovation and economic growth. Shifting the policy agenda to recognize that applied research goals often trigger more effective basic research could accelerate both applied and basic research….the highest payoffs often come when there is a healthy interaction of basic and applied research (Figure 3). This ecological model also suggests that basic and applied research are embedded in a rich context of large development projects and continuing efforts to refine production & operations.”
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One Reply to “Toward an Ecological Model of Research and Development”

  1. The People Matter Project, supported by Open Science Federation, that deals exactly with this ecological model of research. In addition to innovation and economic growth, medical research seriously misses opportunities to help people and educate them about their health when it works in a bubble—engaging the community in medical research perpetuates wellbeing..
    Open Science Federation-http://opensciencefederation.com/
    People Matter Project-http://peoplematterproject.org/
    Aloha from Hawai’i!

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