Cutting funding for basic scientific research would be a big mistake

Written by Research Fellow Eduardo Nicolas Schulz, School of Chemistry.

For all the exciting stories and developments that basic science research produces, there is one question that the public never tires of asking: “What are the possible applications of that discovery?” or “What is the value of your research?” While the question is arguably one worth asking, the answer doesn’t always convince everyone. And if it isn’t convincing, people are quick to react: “Why then are we investing insane amounts of money into those experiments?”

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These questions aren’t just benign queries. They can have real-life consequences, such as how UK politicians are reconsidering funding certain science projects.

I hope to convince you that funding basic science research is very important. The main reason to keep funding basic research, even if applications aren’t in sight, is because historically it is this research that has brought humanity most benefits.

Read the full article in the Conversation.