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Science, technology and innovation policy proposes to develop a benchmark for the ‘ease of doing research’

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Benchmarks for ‘ease of doing research’ will be developed to ensure adequate funding for research activities in India, increase accountability and make them less bureaucratic, according to the draft Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP), 2020.

It states that, in addition to the main research activity, researchers must also devote a considerable amount of their time and resources to administrative activities related to projects.

Journal paywalls and lack of data and knowledge sharing further hamper your ability to conduct research activities freely and easily.

“Benchmarks for ‘ease of doing research’ will be developed so that research activities are adequately funded, less bureaucratic, and accountability is two-way, ie, donor and recipient,” states the policy.

“To reduce the administrative burden on researchers, digital platforms. and e-governance will be used for grant management: all activities, from awarding, funding and using grants to measuring research results, ”he says.

Best international grant management practices will also be explored, according to the document.

In addition to that, access and sharing of knowledge and resources will be improved through the use of online platforms that implement open data and open access policies, and by allowing access to journals and databases, the draft states.

Furthermore, it states that emphasis will be placed on connecting ecosystems of invention and innovation. “Weaknesses in the invention and innovation ecosystem will be identified to bring research to the market and the community. Both the knowledge drawn from the invention system and the knowledge drive from the innovation ecosystem are necessary to achieve the goal of a vibrant R&D ecosystem in India, ”he adds.

The Department of Science and Technology (DST), in conjunction with the Office of the Chief Scientific Advisor, initiated the formulation process of the STIP, 2020, last year. The policy was due to come out by the end of the year, but has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

DST has uploaded the draft STIP to its website and has also invited suggestions, input, and comments until January 25 to make changes to it.

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