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    thje classical university research (ivory tower) model is that the scientists is permanently well funded and can do whatever interests him.

    "Academic Freedom" - you know, this concept by which modern science came to be in the first place.

    I had CS professor, decades ago, who refused to even seek (the local equivalent of) NSF grants. Every grant, he argued, limits your view to the granter's objectives and negatively impacts the quality of your research.

    "Und wer nicht tanzen will am Schluss - weiß noch nicht dass er tanzen muss", Rammstein, "Amerika"

    by cris0000 on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 05:11:02 AM PST

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    •  Please direct me to anywhere this utopia exists (2+ / 0-)
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      I work in a public health school at a major research university. I am required to raise all funds necessary for my research, including 70% of my own salary. I am no tenured, but I am on tenure-track, and all of our tenured faculty face the same expectations.

      This is the standard business model at the vast majority of public health schools in this country, including many publicly funded schools. I had an offer from a public university in another state a few years ago. The offer letter specified that I was expected to bring in research money -- preferably from Federal sources which pay large overheads to the universities -- and that I was expected to bring in 65% of my salary. It specified, in detail, exactly how my salary would be cut if my two year rolling average of externally supported salary ever fell below 65%

      Public health researchers not on tenure-track often have it much worse, as generally 95% to 100% of salary is to come from external sources. I have colleagues at my university who have worked essentially full time for 50% pay waiting for the next grant to come in.

      I would love nothing more than to write what I want, with even a modest budget available to me for research. I have yet to discover such a place in this country.

      Even my colleagues overseas, for example at Medical Research Councils in the British diaspora, who DO work with full salary coverage from their employers (and does that ever help a LOT!) have to raise money for research from somewhere.

      Public health and medical research are expensive.

      Find me somewhere I can do it with a no-strings free-flowing budget and I will create a new religion in your honor. Seriously.

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