Imran Kahn and Stephen Curry present a case for accountable science here:
This in response to Ananyo Bhattacharya’s piece from last week.
My own take: Kahn and Curry are still caught up in thinking of blue skies (or basic) research as something fundamentally different from applied research. So, they call for a balanced approach to funding both. But the main problem is seeing blue skies research as something without impact and limiting impact instead to applied research. This is a failure of imagination about what ‘impact’ could mean, as well as about the nature of research more generally. Can we all please get beyond the basic-applied dichotomy? But it is still an improvement over Bhattacharya’s reactive attitude, which replies with an immediate and forceful ‘No!’ to the question of impact.