To what extent is it acceptable for private companies to be involved in financing scientific research?

YES: Private companies are in the best position to both finance and positively influence scientific research and its application, making it highly desirable for society to accept the practice.

  1. Society would embrace the efforts of private companies which finance medical research with the intention of making cures widely available and affordable to the masses.

  2. It is highly unacceptable to the international community for private companies to finance scientific research relating to military technologies if there is a high probability that such innovations will fall into the wrong hands of non-state actors such as terrorist organizations, pariah states or international criminal syndicates.

  3. Private companies may finance unregulated scientific research that violate universal moral or ethical principles, such as engaging in human cloning or the breeding of virulent pathogens, and it would be a gross miscarriage of justice if the international community does not fully reject such actions.

YES: Private companies are in the best position to both finance and positively influence scientific research and its application, making it highly desirable for society to accept the practice.

  1. Society would embrace the efforts of private companies which finance medical research with the intention of making cures widely available and affordable to the masses.

  2. It is highly unacceptable to the international community for private companies to finance scientific research relating to military technologies if there is a high probability that such innovations will fall into the wrong hands of non-state actors such as terrorist organizations, pariah states or international criminal syndicates.

  3. Private companies may finance unregulated scientific research that violate universal moral or ethical principles, such as engaging in human cloning or the breeding of virulent pathogens, and it would be a gross miscarriage of justice if the international community does not fully reject such actions.