[Reblog]: Basic Research – Soon to be a Thing of the Past?

One concern since the Bayh-Dole Act was passed in the United States has been the effect of the Act on the direction of research.  Would the Bayh-Dole Act—allowing grant recipients such as universities to take title to government funded invention—make researchers move their agendas away from basic research to applied research?  To many, this would be a negative impact of the Act; although some would disagree.  And, to some, the movement to applied research is not happening fast enough.  I have heard rumors over the years that some universities have already changed tenure standards for professors in the “hard” sciences to include things such as, number of company spin-outs or patents.  The other day I received an email from Technology Transfer Tactics which mentions a possible “policy change” in tenure standards at Oklahoma State University and a change in standards at the University of Texas…

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