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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 2011 to 2015


Table 1 – Instances* of international collaboration in ARC-funded research since 2011, by funding allocation year**

Country of intended collaboration

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

United States of America

1752

1807

1829

1738

1506

United Kingdom

1061

1081

1116

1075

931

Germany

572

596

584

554

461

China

376

385

398

394

373

France

418

423

416

366

300

Canada

391

390

391

360

320

Japan

291

280

280

254

217

New Zealand

220

226

239

211

178

Netherlands

188

200

214

202

176

Italy

178

172

183

168

149

Switzerland

164

166

172

182

158

Sweden

140

146

146

142

122

Singapore

115

117

125

129

113

Spain

99

117

120

125

105

Denmark

100

109

106

108

90

India

95

81

87

85

74

Belgium

82

70

83

82

76

Indonesia

67

68

70

69

59

Norway

64

62

71

71

57

Korea, Republic of (South)

67

63

61

61

60

Other

943

932

969

9942

812

Total****

7383

7491

7660

7318

6337

 

*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

***For allocation year 2015, the data does not include funding rounds commencing in 2015 that are not yet complete, e.g. Future Fellowships

****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 2015

Discovery International Awards (DIA) 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 2015, 59 percent of proposals funded foreshadowed 878 instances of collaboration with researchers in 57 overseas locations.

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Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)

Proposals for the Discovery Early Career Researcher Award for funding commencing in 2015 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 2015

Citizenship/residency status

Proposals
considered

Percentage of
proposals considered

Proposals
approved

Success
rate

Foreign Nationals

466

33.4%

83

17.8%

Resident Australians

863

61.9%

106

12.3%

Returning Australians

65

4.7%

11

16.9%

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Discovery Indigenous

The ARC received a total of 14 proposals for Discovery Indigenous 2015 with an overall success rate of 28.6 percent.

Table 3 - Instances of international collaboration in Discovery Indigenous 2015

Country

Instances of
international collaboration
on proposals considered

Instances of
international collaboration
on approved proposals

Belgium

1

0

Canada

3

1

Netherlands

1

0

New Zealand

5

2

United Kingdom

1

1

United States of America

5

1

Total instances of
international collaboration

16

5

Total number of proposals
listing instances of
international collaboration

10

2

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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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26/02/2015


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