Governments should be responsible for funding and controlling scientific research rather than private organizations.
To what extent do you agree or disagree?
The best technological and scientific advancements that the world is enjoying today is built upon years of effort by scientists. Science research and innovation are important aspects for the rapid growth of economy. Due to these, I completely agree that government support is vital in large-scale scientific ventures and impactful innovation endeavors.
Scientists stand at the forefront in advance studies by igniting new discoveries for the future. The tireless effort of these professionals has increased general health and innovations that improved the lives of many people across the world. Governments should be the primarily responsible to fund or subsidize individuals and organizations to carry out result-oriented scientific research for the benefit of the general public. For example, in the past, USA has succeeded in generating economic wealth from (R&D) Research & Development. This country shown particular ability in turning R&D into successful manufactured products. A great example for this is mobile technology, the evolution of this device goes a long way including internet and GPS that are originated from publicly funded entities. Advances like these deserved governments funding to continually support the general needs of its people.
On the other hand, the large donations from philanthropist billionaires bound for scientific research is enormously welcome, especially during this time of coronavirus pandemic. However, in the past, some private donors demanded to keep results to them first for a specific period of time. This in turn that other private companies would fund only things that would make money. In contrast, government-funded research is not for revenue oriented-output but for a variety of public goods and to address human issues on the broader spectrum. Thus, government should offer more funding in scientific research because it will pay off in the long run.
In conclusion, views about government and private funding of science research are different. Governments are more focus for the greater good of its people while private donors are after of returns on their investments. The benefits from government funded scientific research has the potential to trickle down to the masses.