Reward Research for Being Useful — Not Just Flashy

Oct 4, 2022 

Melissa Flagg, AIRC Fellow, published an article in Nature that calls for scientists to avoid chasing novelty and prestige at the expense of practical application. Drawing on her experience managing research in the Department of Defense, Flagg discusses how she learned that lesson. “I realized it was equally important that research programs lead towards tangible benefits: better national security, regional floodplain management, or a product or practice that results in better, safer lives.” It is imperative, Flagg contends, that academia and grant funders create incentives for research that has real-world impact. 

Dr. Melissa Flagg