I believe main game research is being added too quickly. I am by no means a small spender (although I doubt I can be classified as a whale) and I have absolutely no chance of keeping up. So I propose moving half (maybe most?) new research into an atlas line where team glory gets you points to spend. Then the officers of the team can spend it on what they feel is best. This line would reset every Atlas season.
It’s not really fleshed out but I don’t want to put more thought into it unless the forum community feels like it’s the seed of a good idea.
Edit to clarify. My goal with this new feature would be to remove new research from the research hut. Research is ridiculously expensive and this would make an Atlas focus more worthwhile for the active teams as well as give currently active players a tangible reward in the main game for Atlas activity. But the main thrust of my idea is to make research more available through sheer activity.