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Table 1 Questions to interviewees drawn from the literature reviewed

From: Basic Blue Skies Research in the UK: Are we losing out?

Selection Pressures on researchers to anticipate their goals in research applications Whether a research application was necessary before 1970 The impact of the peer review process on developments in research Whether research before 1970 would be accepted with the current peer review system
Funding Priorities for funding Changes in the funding environment within the UK Ways to manage limited funding sources in the UK  
Quality of research Experience of cross disciplinary working Interpretation of the term blue skies research Financial support to be allocated to blue skies research  
Process of discovery The commercialisation of research activity The ingredients in a researcher and the environment needed for discovery Personal experience of the environment that influenced the process of discovery