Universities like the idea of external funding, although external funding can come with strings attached.
You should support independent scientists that study what you’re concerned about instead of trying to tie every one (usually in some ludicrous way) to biased funding. And if those scientists weigh in with well-designed studies that don’t agree with your initial concerns, you should feel relieved, not betrayed. If scientists are in consensus on a topic, it’s because the evidence is strong. It’s because they’ve investigated and rigorously tested the possible hypotheses using different methods, and the same conclusions keep stubbornly arising. Scientists don’t come to consensus easily, so when they do, you should listen to them.
Unbiased, though, gets difficult, when private foundations and non-governmental organizations, and think tanks with preconceptions, also underwrite research, some of which can find its way into publication.

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