The progress of the Spanish R & D system from the last decade has got stuck when the economical crisis started. The first budget cuts in R & D sector were applied in 2010, and nowadays the public R & D investment has stepped back to 2005 levels. The Spanish Young Researchers Federation (FJI-Precarios) strongly believes that, beyond raising public investment, a thoughtful R & D policy should be undertaken. In our FJI-Precarios Decalogue (under Creative Common License), we suggest 10 measures that will strengthen the R & D system and will make it more independent of political turnovers.
Decalogue of the Spanish Young Researchers Federation
- Setting-up a stable and suitable budgetary and regulatory framework that will raise the civil R & D investment, following the European guidelines for public investment (3% of GDP).
- Riddance of periods without labour rights or remuneration for the research career.
- Elimination of the current limits of the replacement rate of public employment in the R & D sector.
- Adequate planning of the necessary human resources at every stage of the research career, and call for contracts, job vacancies, and positions accordingly.
- Regularity and coordination of all calls for human resources and funding R & D projects in the public sector, with a real calendar that is strictly complied by the administration.
- Objective assessment to enforce the principles of equality, merit, and ability for employment access
- Improved publicity and transparency of calls (bases, scales, results, and committees)
- Research evaluations assessed according to DORA (San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment)
- All stages of the research career should be assessed, including permanent positions.
- Rigorous evaluation in the awarding and monitoring of R & D projects.
- Introduction of R & D in the Spanish business sector, while promoting collaboration among PROs, universities, and other organizations.
- Adopting measures to eliminate endogamy, and allowing for real mobility of researchers between universities, PROs and private funding entities, encouraging collaboration between groups.
- Open-access publications for all research work done with public funding.
- Development of quality science outreach programs for bringing science to the general public, achieving greater social recognition of the research career, and enabling job prospects of trained researchers into other different sectors.