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International Collaboration

The ARC's overarching aim in supporting international research collaboration is to maximise Australia's contribution to and benefits from international research collaborations, partnerships, developments and policy.

Supporting international collaboration through ERA

One of the ARC's guiding principles is a commitment to engagement with government, universities, research agencies, business and the wider community nationally and internationally. The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative is linked to this engagement.

A key objective of ERA is to allow for comparisons of Australia's research nationally and internationally across all discipline areas within higher education institutions. ERA provides assurance to the international community about research excellence within Australia's higher education providers and details areas within institutions and disciplines that are internationally competitive, as well as highlighting emerging areas where there are opportunities for further investment and international collaboration.

International parties can consult ERA results to help guide research investment into the future and to increase confidence that their decisions are based on a transparent assessment of research quality within Australia. ERA will help to achieve the Government's vision of boosting international research collaboration within Australia.

More information about the ERA initiative can be found on the ARC ERA page.

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Funding collaboration through NCGP grants

The ARC is committed to creating and enhancing international collaboration opportunities under the National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP). Under current arrangements, support for international collaboration is incorporated within each of the funding schemes of the NCGP. More information on international funding opportunities can be found on the Information for International Researchers page.

The information below provides some examples of the recent research projects, Fellowships and other awards involving international collaboration approved for funding under the NCGP since its inception in 2001. For more detailed statistics on funding outcomes, please visit the NCGP Statistics page.

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International Collaboration in recent years

Since the inception of the NCGP, the ARC has actively supported international collaboration through its various schemes. The information below provides insight into the ARC's previous international collaborations, including overall statistics from the commencement of the NCGP, and more recent examples of scheme-specific collaboration.

Figure 1 – Percentages of collaboration with countries on ARC grants from 2010 to 2014

Table 1 – Instances* of international collaboration in ARC-funded research since 2010, by funding allocation year**

Country of intended collaboration

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014**

United States of America

1653

1752

1807

1829

1737

United Kingdom

983

1061

1081

1116

1074

Germany

525

572

596

584

553

France

394

418

423

416

365

Canada

382

391

390

391

359

China

338

376

385

398

394

Japan

272

291

280

280

253

New Zealand

192

220

226

239

210

Netherlands

159

188

200

214

201

Italy

154

178

172

183

167

Switzerland

151

164

166

172

182

Sweden

131

140

146

146

141

Singapore

99

115

117

125

129

Spain

73

99

117

120

124

Denmark

95

100

109

106

108

India

92

95

81

87

85

Belgium

74

82

70

83

82

Indonesia

69

67

68

70

69

Norway

63

64

62

71

71

South Africa

69

70

65

60

61

Other

831

940

930

970

941

Total***

6799

7383

7491

7660

7306

 

*The data in this table refers to instances of collaboration and represents all new and ongoing projects that have a funding allocation in a given year. Some projects involve collaboration with more than one country and therefore are represented more than once in these figures

**The table does not include projects that may have been funded under the Special Research Initiatives scheme and the Linkage Learned Academies Special Projects scheme

***The information shown is limited to that which was current at the time research proposals were approved for funding and accordingly excludes any post-award variations that may subsequently have been approved.

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Discovery Projects for funding commencing in 2014

International Collaboration Awards (ICAs) were introduced in 2010 for Chief Investigators and overseas Partner Investigators. The Awards aim to enhance opportunities for collaboration among researchers, research teams and/or research centres in Australia and overseas, and to build Australia's international research capability.

Of the proposals approved for funding for Discovery Projects for funding commencing in 2014, 63 percent of proposals funded foreshadowed 860 instances of collaboration with researchers in 63 overseas locations.

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Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)

Proposals for the Discovery Early Career Researcher Award for funding commencing in 2014 allowed Eligible Organisations to nominate candidates who are promising early career researchers, residing either within Australia or overseas at the time of proposal.

Table 2 - Citizenship/residency status of DECRA candidates for funding commencing in 2014

Citizenship/residency status

Proposals
considered

Percentage of
proposals considered

Proposals
approved

Success
rate

Foreign Nationals

511

34.8%

72

14.1%

Resident Australians

901

61.4%

120

13.3%

Returning Australians

56

3.8%

8

14.3%

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Discovery Indigenous

The ARC received a total of 26 proposals for Discovery Indigenous 2014. There was an overall success rate of 38.5 percent which represents an increase from the success rate of 31.3 percent in the previous round.

Table 3 - Instances of international collaboration in Discovery Indigenous 2014

Country

Instances of
international collaboration
on proposals considered

Instances of
international collaboration
on approved proposals

Canada

3

1

Germany

1

1

Netherlands

1

1

New Zealand

3

1

Portugal

1

1

Solomon Islands

1

1

United Kingdom

1

1

United States of America

3

2

Total instances of
international collaboration

14

8

Total number of proposals
listing instances of
international collaboration

8

5

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Future Fellowships

Proposals for Future Fellowships for funding commencing in 2014 allowed Eligible Organisations to nominate candidates who are outstanding researchers of international repute, residing either within Australia or overseas at the time of proposal. For funding commencing in 2014, a total of 840 proposals were considered; 150 were approved for funding providing an overall success rate of 18.07 percent.

Table 4 - Citizenship/residency status of Future Fellowships candidates for funding commencing in 2014

Citizenship/residency status

Proposals
considered

Percentage of
proposals considered

Proposals
approved

Success
rate

Foreign Nationals

154

18.55%

28

18.18%

Resident Australians

636

76.63%

115

18.08%

Returning Australians

40

4.82%

7

17.50%

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Centres of Excellence

International collaboration is an important component of ARC Centres of Excellence. All approved Proposals indicated international collaborations with at least one country, with the majority indicating international collaboration with five or more countries. Overall, the approved Proposals indicate collaboration with 44 countries. Data relating to international collaboration is shown in Table 5.

Table 5 – International collaboration for the ARC Centres of Excellence 2014 by country of collaboration

Country of collaboration

Proposals considered

Proposals approved

Belgium

1

-

Belize

1

1

Brazil

1

1

Burma

1

-

Cambodia

1

-

Canada

9

5

Chile

1

1

China

12

4

Colombia

1

1

Denmark

2

2

Fiji

1

1

Finland

1

1

France

7

6

Germany

10

6

India

3

1

Indonesia

3

2

Ireland

3

3

Israel

2

2

Italy

5

3

Japan

7

4

Kenya

1

1

Korea, Republic of (South)

3

2

Madagascar

1

1

Malaysia

2

1

Maldives

1

1

Mexico

1

1

Monaco

1

1

Netherlands

5

3

New Caledonia

1

1

New Zealand

7

4

Norway

3

1

Pakistan

1

-

Papua New Guinea

1

1

Philippines

3

2

Portugal

1

1

Qatar

1

-

Saudi Arabia

1

1

Seychelles

1

1

Singapore

5

4

Solomon Islands

1

1

South Africa

2

1

Spain

1

1

Sri Lanka

1

-

Sweden

6

4

Switzerland

6

3

Taiwan

1

1

Tanzania

1

1

Thailand

1

-

Turkey

1

-

United Kingdom

16

10

United States of America

21

11

Venezuela

1

1

Vietnam

1

-

Total

172

105

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27/10/14


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