National Competitive Grants Program
Internationally Coordinated Initiatives (ICIs)
The ARC collaborated with overseas funding agencies to fund collaborative research proposals in targeted areas of research, defined as Linkage International Internationally Coordinated Initiatives (ICIs).
The selection and assessment of ICI Proposals were coordinated with those of the other participating agencies. The ARC referred recommended proposals to the collaborating overseas agency or agencies for further coordinated discussion. ARC funding of internationally coordinated initiatives were subject to the decision of the collaborating overseas agency or agencies to fund the counterpart proposal(s) submitted by overseas investigators.The ARC had an agreement in place for the collaborative funding of ICI research projects under Linkage International. The ARC accepted proposals under a Linkage International ICI once a 'Call for Proposals' under the ARC's Linkage International Funding Rules was released for the specific initiative.
Social Sciences Collaboration ICI
- The ARC and Economic and Social Research Council of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (ESRC) signed an Agreement in December 2005 to foster and support collaborative social science research and create networks linking individuals and centres within Australia and the UK.
- For the purposes of this initiative the social sciences were defined as inclusive of the subjects of economics, economic and social history, political science, socio-legal studies, education, psychology, cognitive studies, linguistics, management and business studies, human geography, environmental planning, international studies, area and development studies, social statistics, demography, social science computing, sociology, social anthropology, social policy and social work.
- The ARC and ESRC accepted counterpart proposals from researchers and eligible research organisations in their respective countries and undertook peer review according to their normal procedures. The two Councils collaborated with each other before reaching their separate funding decisions, with the aim of reaching a common decision. However, each Council also retained the right of final decision on their respective recommendations for funding.
- The ESRC accepted counterpart Proposals from British applicants under its Small Grants scheme. Full details can be found on the ESRC website.
Materials World Networks ICI
The ARC and the US National Science Foundation (NSF) had an agreement (2005-2007) to stimulate enhanced collaborations among materials science researchers and to create networks linking individuals and centres in Australia and the USA.The ARC and US NSF accepted counterpart proposals from researchers and eligible research organisations in their respective countries and undertook peer review according to their normal procedures. The two agencies liaised with each other before reaching their separate funding decisions, with the aim of reaching a common decision. However, each agency also retained the right of final decision on their respective recommendations for funding.