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Financial reward for research output under the spotlight in South Africa

South Africa’s higher education funding formula for research output is set for substantial changes that come into place in 2016.

A new funding formula announced by the country’s Department of Higher Education and Training in March has prompted a thought-provoking reflection on current conditions in the world of academic cooperation and publishing.

Since 2004, the rules, requirements and processes on which the award of research output funds has been based have changed. The role of agencies has also changed with the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) taking on the major assessment and recommendation activities of 2014 and 2015.

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