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  • Success rates for women exceeded those of men under the Future Fellowships, Australian Laureate Fellowships, Industrial Transformation Training Centres and Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities schemes.
  • Success rates for women and men were similar under the Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, Discovery Indigenous and Linkage Projects schemes.  
  • The success rate for women at 18.3% was slightly lower than for men at 20.0% under the Discovery Projects scheme and under the ARC Centres of Excellence scheme at 48.8% and 52.3% respectively.
  • Success rates for women Project Leaders are higher than those of men under ARC Centres of Excellence, Industrial Transformation Training Centres and Australian Laureate Fellowships schemes; while the success rates for women and men Project Leaders are similar under the Discovery Projects, Discovery Early Career Researcher Award and Future Fellowships schemes.  
  • Women had higher success rates in the two digit Field of Research (FOR) divisions of 07–Agricultural and Veterinary Science, 09–Engineering, 11–Medical and Health Sciences, 12–Built Environment and Design, 14–Economics, 19–Studies in Creative Arts and Writing and 21–History and Archaeology. 
  • Across all schemes, the participation rates for women were lower than the rates of men, ranging from 15.6% for Industrial Transformation Training Centres to 44.4% for Discovery Indigenous. Participation continues to be monitored by the ARC.

 Notes

  • The data in this snapshot includes researchers who identified their gender. A very small number of researchers did not provide gender in the ARC database. From 2016 the ARC will be able to report more broadly including data on researchers who identify as female, male, indeterminate/intersex and unspecified.
  • The data in this snapshot reflects proposals with funding commencing in 2014.
  • The information contained in this dataset is limited to that which was current at the time project proposals were approved for funding and accordingly excludes any post-award variations that may subsequently have been approved.

Tables 

Table 1:  Success Rates by Scheme by Gender 

Note 1: This includes all named researchers on proposals, including Partner Investigators. Only researchers who identified their gender were included for counting. A very small number of researchers did not identify their gender in the ARC database.

Note 2: An individual research participant may be involved in more than one project in one or more scheme rounds. The participant is counted more than once in these cases.

2014

Scheme   Women     Men   
Submitted Funded Success rate Submitted Funded Success rate
ARC Centres of Excellence 123 60 48.8% 406 212 52.2%
ARC Future Fellowships 262 50 19.1% 564 99 17.6%
Australian Laureate Fellowships 19 4 21.1% 71 12 16.9%
Discovery Early Career Researcher Award 553 76 13.7% 911 124 13.6%
Discovery Indigenous 36 11 30.6% 45 14 31.1%
Discovery Projects 2442 448 18.3% 7487 1498 20.0%
Industrial Transformation Research Hubs 44 19 43.2% 232 75 32.3%
Industrial Transformation Training Centres 33 19 57.6% 179 99 55.3%
Learned Academies Special Projects 7 5 71.4% 8 5 62.5%
Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities 286 157 54.9% 1241 617 49.7%
Linkage Projects 1059 384 36.3% 2773 1031 37.2%

Note: The data has not included a total of 50 researchers with 'unknown' gender in submitted proposals.

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Table 2: Participation Rates by scheme by Gender

Note 1: This includes all named researchers on proposals, including Partner Investigators. Only researchers who identified their gender were included for counting. A very small number of researchers did not identify their gender in the ARC database.

Note 2: An individual research participant may be involved in more than one project in one or more scheme rounds. The participant is counted more than once in these cases.

2014

Scheme Submitted Participation rate
Women Men Total Women Men
ARC Centres of Excellence 123 406 529 23.3% 76.7%
ARC Future Fellowships 262 564 826 31.7% 68.3%
Australian Laureate Fellowships 19 71 90 21.1% 78.9%
Discovery Early Career Researcher Award 553 911 1464 37.8% 62.2%
Discovery Indigenous 36 45 81 44.4% 55.6%
Discovery Projects 2442 7487 9929 24.6% 75.4%
Industrial Transformation Research Hubs 44 232 276 15.9% 84.1%
Industrial Transformation Training Centres 33 179 212 15.6% 84.4%
Learned Academies Special Projects 7 8 15 46.7% 53.3%
Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities 286 1241 1527 18.7% 81.3%
Linkage Projects 1059 2773 3832 27.6% 72.4%

Note: The data has not included a total of 50 researchers with 'unknown' gender in submitted proposals.

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Table 3:  Success Rates by Gender of Project Leader by scheme

Note 1: Only researchers who identified their gender were included for counting. A very small number of researchers did not identify their gender in the ARC database.

Note 2: An individual research participant may be involved in more than one project in one or more scheme rounds. The participant is counted more than once in these cases.

2014

Scheme   Women     Men   
Submitted Funded Success rate Submitted Funded Success rate
ARC Future Fellowships 262 50 19.1% 564 99 17.6%
Australian Laureate Fellowships 19 4 21.1% 71 12 16.9%
Discovery Early Career Researcher Award 553 76 13.7% 911 124 13.6%
Discovery Indigenous 14 5 35.7% 12 5 41.7%
Discovery Projects 888 172 19.4% 2643 530 20.1%
Industrial Transformation Research Hubs 0     15 4 26.7%
Industrial Transformation Training Centres 3 2 66.7% 10 5 50.0%
Learned Academies Special Projects 3 1 33.3% 2 1 50.0%
Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities 18 3 16.7% 130 60 46.2%
Linkage Projects 192 59 30.7% 506 192 37.9%

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Table 4:  Participation Rates by Gender of Project Leader by scheme 

Note 1: Only researchers who identified their gender were included for counting. A very small number of researchers did not identify their gender in the ARC database.

Note 2: An individual research participant may be involved in more than one project in one or more scheme rounds. The participant is counted more than once in these cases.

2014

Scheme Submitted Participation rate
Women Men Total Women Men
ARC Centres of Excellence 2 20 22 9.1% 90.9%
ARC Future Fellowships 262 564 826 31.7% 68.3%
Australian Laureate Fellowships 19 71 90 21.1% 78.9%
Discovery Early Career Researcher Award 553 911 1464 37.8% 62.2%
Discovery Indigenous 14 12 26 53.8% 46.2%
Discovery Projects 888 2643 3531 25.1% 74.9%
Industrial Transformation Research Hubs 0 15 15 0.0% 100.0%
Industrial Transformation Training Centres 3 10 13 23.1% 76.9%
Learned Academies Special Projects 3 2 5 60.0% 40.0%
Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities 18 130 148 12.2% 87.8%
Linkage Projects 192 506 698 27.5% 72.5%

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Table 5: Success Rates by Two-Digit Field of Research Division by Gender

Note 1: This includes all named researchers on proposals, including Partner Investigators. Only researchers who identified their gender were included for counting. A very small number of researchers did not identify their gender in the ARC database.

Note 2: Two Digit Field of Research Division is determined by the Field of Research Code assigned to the proposal by investigators 

Note 3: NCGP Schemes included: Discovery Projects, Discovery Indigenous, Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, Future Fellowships, Australian Laureate Fellowships,Linkage Projects, Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities, Industrial Transformation Research Hubs, Industrial Transformation Training Centres, ARC Centres of Excellence and Special Research Initiatives, Linkage Academy Special Project.

2014

Discipline Women   Men   
Submitted Funded Success rate Submitted Funded Success rate
01 - Mathematical Sciences 85 23 27.1% 480 157 32.7%
02 - Physical Sciences 119 36 30.3% 854 257 30.1%
03 - Chemical Sciences 221 63 28.5% 877 263 30.0%
04 - Earth Sciences 143 31 21.7% 779 238 30.6%
05 - Environmental Sciences 169 47 27.8% 521 163 31.3%
06 - Biological Sciences 486 115 23.7% 1576 421 26.7%
07 - Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences 93 26 28.0% 297 68 22.9%
08 - Information and Computing Sciences 198 38 19.2% 1094 234 21.4%
09 - Engineering 421 137 32.5% 3002 856 28.5%
10 - Technology 93 22 23.7% 617 196 31.8%
11 - Medical and Health Sciences 483 122 25.3% 593 144 24.3%
12 - Built Environment and Design 144 28 19.4% 268 32 11.9%
13 - Education 288 59 20.5% 231 51 22.1%
14 - Economics 90 28 31.1% 275 76 27.6%
15 - Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services 201 25 12.4% 440 66 15.0%
16 - Studies in Human Society 551 142 25.8% 650 174 26.8%
17 - Psychology and Cognitive Sciences 306 70 22.9% 409 110 26.9%
18 - Law and Legal Studies 151 38 25.2% 185 65 35.1%
19 - Studies in Creative Arts and Writing 128 43 33.6% 130 37 28.5%
20 - Language, Communication and Culture 257 64 24.9% 247 85 34.4%
21 - History and Archaeology 169 65 38.5% 249 74 29.7%
22 - Philosophy and Religious Studies 61 6 9.8% 138 17 12.3%

 

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Table 6a: Success Rate by Career Age and Gender: All named participants

Note 1: This includes all named researchers on proposals, including Partner Investigators. Only researchers who identified their gender were included for counting. A very small number of researchers did not identify their gender in the ARC database.

Note 2: Career age is calculated on basis of reported PhD award date in submitted proposals to the ARC and the last day of submission in the scheme each round. It is possible that the same person reported a different PhD award date in the database and where this is the case, the earliest PhD date was taken as the PhD date for use in analysis here.

Note 3: NCGP schemes with career age data available included: Discovery Projects, Discovery Indigenous, Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, Future Fellowships, Australian Laureate Fellowships and Linkage Projects schemes.

2014

Gender <5yrs 5 - 10yrs 10-15yrs 15-20yrs
Submitted Funded Success rate Submitted Funded Success rate Submitted Funded Success rate Submitted Funded Success rate
Female 959 165 17.2% 1010 198 19.6% 833 189 22.7% 559 142 25.4%
Male 1784 341 19.1% 2155 469 21.8% 1969 423 21.5% 1541 355 23.0%

 

Gender 20 - 25yrs 25 - 30yrs 30+yrs
Submitted Funded Success rate Submitted Funded Success rate Submitted Funded Success rate
Female 343 90 26.2% 131 41 31.3% 162 42 25.9%
Male 1341 326 24.3% 943 249 26.4% 1271 382 30.1%

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Table 6b: Success Rate by Career Age and Gender: Chief Investigator

Note 1: This includes all Chief Investigators on proposals. Only researchers who identified their gender were included for counting. A very small number of researchers did not identify their gender in the ARC database.

Note 2: Career age is calculated on basis of reported PhD award date in submitted proposals to the ARC and the last day of submission in the scheme each round. It is possible that the same person reported a different PhD award date in the database and where this is the case, the earliest PhD date was taken as the PhD date for use in analysis here.

Note 3: NCGP schemes with career age data available included: Discovery Projects, Discovery Indigenous, Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, Future Fellowships, Australian Laureate Fellowships and Linkage Projects schemes.

2014

Gender <5yrs 5 - 10yrs 10-15yrs 15-20yrs
Submitted Funded Success rate Submitted Funded Success rate Submitted Funded Success rate Submitted Funded Success rate
Female 864 139 16.1% 882 165 18.7% 709 156 22.0% 454 111 24.4%
Male 1580 285 18.0% 1735 364 21.0% 1502 299 19.9% 1097 253 23.1%

 

Gender 20 - 25yrs 25 - 30yrs 30+yrs
Submitted Funded Success rate Submitted Funded Success rate Submitted Funded Success rate
Female 265 75 28.3% 108 33 30.6% 122 30 24.6%
Male 916 234 25.5% 672 175 26.0% 832 256 30.8%

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Table 6c: Success Rate by Career Age and Gender: Project Leader/Fellow/Awardee 

Note 1: This includes Project Leaders (1st named Chief Investigators) and Fellows/Awardees on proposals. Only researchers who identified their gender were included for counting. A very small number of researchers did not identify their gender in the ARC database.

Note 2: Career age is calculated on basis of reported PhD award date in submitted proposals to the ARC and the last day of submission in the scheme each round. It is possible that the same person reported a different PhD award date in the database and where this is the case, the earliest PhD date was taken as the PhD date for use in analysis here.

Note 3: NCGP schemes with career age data available included: Discovery Projects, Discovery Indigenous, Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, Future Fellowships, Australian Laureate Fellowships and Linkage Projects schemes.

2014

Gender <5yrs 5 - 10yrs 10-15yrs 15-20yrs
Submitted Funded Success rate Submitted Funded Success rate Submitted Funded Success rate Submitted Funded Success rate
Female 569 83 14.6% 467 81 17.3% 346 76 22.0% 227 51 22.5%
Male 1052 149 14.2% 947 186 19.6% 832 155 18.6% 559 120 21.5%

 

Gender 20 - 25yrs 25 - 30yrs 30+yrs
Submitted Funded Success rate Submitted Funded Success rate Submitted Funded Success rate
Female 140 38 27.1% 61 20 32.8% 55 10 18.2%
Male 459 126 27.5% 342 101 29.5% 386 116 30.1%

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Table 7: Success Rates for Future Fellowship Level by Gender

Note 1: Only researchers who identified their gender were included for counting. A very small number of researchers did not identify their gender in the ARC database.

 

2014

Salary Level Women Men
Submitted Funded Success rate Submitted Funded Success rate
Level 1 155 30 19.4% 378 65 17.2%
Level 2 85 15 17.6% 143 27 18.9%
Level 3 22 5 22.7% 43 7 16.3%
All levels  262 50 19.1% 564 99 17.6%

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Table 8: Success rate by STEM/HASS discipline area by Gender in Fellowship/Award schemes 

Note 1: Discipline area is determined by Field of Research Code assigned by Investigators. STEM (01 – Mathematical Sciences, 02 – Physical Sciences, 03 – Chemical Sciences, 04 – Earth Sciences, 05 – Environmental Sciences, 06 – Biological Sciences, 07 – Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences, 08 – Information and Computing Sciences, 09 – Engineering, 10 – Technology, 11 – Medical and Health Sciences, 17 - Psychology and Cognitive Sciences); HASS (12 – Built Environment and Design, 13 – Education, 14 – Economics, 15 – Commerce, Management, Tourism & Services, 16 – Studies In Human Society, 18 – Law and Legal Studies, 19 – Studies In Creative Arts and Writing, 20 – Language, Communication and Culture, 21 – History and Archaeology, 22 – Philosophy and Religious Studies)

Note 2: Only researchers who identified their gender were included. A very small number of researchers did not identify their gender in the ARC database.

Note 3: NCGP schemes included: Australian Laureate Fellowships, Future Fellowships and Discovery Early Career Researcher Award.

2014

Discipline Women Men 
Submitted Funded Success rate Submitted Funded Success rate
STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) 489 74 15.1% 1266 198 15.6%
HASS (Humanities Arts and Social Sciences) 345 56 16.2% 280 37 13.2%

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