Research Administrators’ Seminar Day 2—NCGP update
15 November 2016
Dr Laura Dan
Chief Program Officer Australian Research Council

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Agenda

  • 2016 achievements
  • Continuous grant processes
  • Refining engagement with stakeholders
  • Current grants
  • Challenges and opportunities
  • National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP) timelines

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NCGP in 2016

  • Research Management System (RMS)
  • Consistency in process
  • Integration of pre- and post-award
  • One set of Funding Rules per Program
  • One set of Funding Agreements per Program (including electronic acceptance)
  • Staggered timelines across all schemes
  • Continuous application process

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Pre-award stats in 2016

  • Number of schemes: 10
  • Number of proposals: 6,236
  • Number of detailed assessments: 20,813
  • Number of general assessments: 12,795
  • Total assessments: 33,608
  • Number of successful grants awarded: 1,256 

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Variation of the Funding Agreements (VFA) since January 2016

 

Program

Scheme Name

Count—Variations

Discovery

ARC Future Fellowships

282

 

Australian Laureate Fellowships

89

 

Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

304

 

Discovery Indigenous

14

 

Discovery Indigenous Researchers Development

3

 

Discovery Projects

647

 

Federation Fellowships

1

 

Super Science Fellowships

6

Linkage

ARC Centres of Excellence

34

 

Industrial Transformation Research Hubs

64

 

Industrial Transformation Training Centres

33

 

Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities

41

 

Linkage Projects

721

 

Special Research Initiatives

9

Grand Total

 

2,248

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EOYRs since January 2016

 

Program

Scheme Name

Count

Discovery

ARC Future Fellowships

1,247

 

Australian Laureate Fellowships

196

 

Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

1,103

 

Discovery Indigenous

54

 

Discovery Indigenous Researchers Development

8

 

Discovery Projects

4,137

 

Federation Fellowships

2

 

Super Science Fellowships

20

Linkage

ARC Centres of Excellence

62

 

Industrial Transformation Research Hubs

82

 

Industrial Transformation Training Centres

49

 

Learned Academies Special Projects

9

 

Linkage—International

2

 

Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities

183

 

Linkage Projects

2,269

 

Special Research Initiatives

20

Grand Total

 

9,443

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Continuous application, assessment and funding process

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  1. Proposal submitted to ARC
  2. Assessment/Rejoinders Process
  3. Overall Score Calculated
  4. Score compared to LP16 April list
  5. Preliminary Screening Meeting
  6. Ranking
    1. High 
    2. Low
  7. Selection Meeting
  8. Funding Recommendations to the Minister
  9. Announcement
  10. Projects start

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Transparency of process

  • More visits to universities and research offices
  • Observers program—selection meetings
  • Induction of new awardees for major investments (FL, CE, ITRP)
  • Acknowledging the contribution of detailed assessors

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Liaison with the sector in 2016

 

  • Potential applicants
    • Talks around the country (CEO, Executive Directors, Program staff)
  • Successful applicants
    • Induction day (Laureate Fellows and Centre Directors)
    • Yearly events (Centre and ITRP Directors)
  • Research Office (RO) staff
    • Research Administrators’ Seminar (for over 10 years)
    • Working groups organised by the ARC (RMS, special interest groups)
    • Attendance at RO Directors’ groups
  • DVCRs
  • ARC staff
    • Attendance at ARMS events and INORMS 2016
    • ARMS accreditation modules training
    • Talks by ARC-funded researchers

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RO meeting observers—2016

  • The University of Melbourne             
  • Griffith University                           
  • James Cook University                  
  • University of Tasmania                  
  • Australia Catholic University       
  • University of South Australia      
  • Monash University                        
  • Southern Cross University          
  • The University of Western Australia 
  • La Trobe University
  • Murdoch University
  • The University of Queensland
  • The Flinders Universityof South Australia
  • Australian National University
  • The University of Newcastle

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Refining our engagement

  • Review of communication avenues
  • Network messages
  • Twitter
  • Training opportunities at the ARC
  • A day at the ARC—introduction for new RO staff
  • Webinars 

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Challenges and opportunities

  • One system > more data available > more analysis possible (and needed)
  • Maintaining RMS currency and sector expectations > need for increased data analysis
  • Shift from dealing with volume to process improvement and research and analysis

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2016–17 timelines

Scheme

Open

Close

FL17

5/10/2016

30/11/2016

FT17

18/10/2016

7/12/2016

ITRH17 and
ITTC17

11/10/2016

15/12/2016

DP18

7/12/2016

1/03/2017

DE18

16/01/2017

22/03/2017

IN18

23/01/2017

29/03/2017

LE18

8/02/2017

5/04/2017

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