Funding for science is dictated by the government (or a body acting on behalf of the government). This is carried out by calling for research proposals in a particular area of science chosen by the government-often chosen by particular buzzwords seen in the media.
It wasn’t always like this, it was possible to have your own idea then ask for funds. Now we must wait until the government has the idea before we can get it funded.
Please increase the funds for “responsive mode” research and cut back on tHose which promote the government agenda.
Why does this idea matter?
Scientists should choose what to research next – they know about science, not the political elite.