The Australian Government is calling for submissions on how best to measure and explain the benefits of government-funded research in universities.
The Assessing the wider benefits arising from university-based research discussion paper will look at ways to identify how research is benefiting the broader community.
This will help the research sector explain to all Australians the value of its work, and better align it with national challenges and priorities.
Science and Research Minister Senator Don Farrell said the Gillard Government was committed to building a dynamic and diverse research sector that creates and supports Australian jobs.
"As a country, we need to do more than just come up with great new ideas - we also need to ensure that those ideas are being used by industry, within government and by the community," Senator Farrell said.
"Research is fundamental to the mission of universities and it is important to show how university research provides real and tangible benefits to the nation."
The approaches suggested in the paper build on the outcomes of the Excellence in Innovation for Australia (EIA) trial undertaken by universities during 2012.
Consistent with the recently established independent review of red tape, the paper will focus on maintaining higher education quality and transparency, without increasing the regulatory burden.
Universities, business and industry will be widely consulted before any decision on the final form of the new assessment. Following consultations, a pilot exercise is planned for early 2014.
For further information on research impact and to access the discussion paper, visit www.innovation.gov.au/impact
Submissions close on 16 August 2013.
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