Research is one of the fundamental drivers of progress. From the study of societal well-being in our ever-changing world, to the new technologies that now dominate our lives, and even the way we view ourselves against the backdrop of our universe, research is key. We are in an era of large-scale change, some of it visible and some poised to manifest, largely driven by technological advancements and a climate emergency. Transitioning to an innovation economy instead of a resource-based economy is socially, environmentally, and fiscally responsible. Supporting research and innovation, as well as accessibility and diverse perspectives within them, is paramount.