The Australian Government has today released its National Innovation and Science Agenda.

The ARC will have an important role in delivering on some of these new measures, including the development and introduction of an impact and engagement assessment of Australian university research; and implementation of a continuous Linkage Projects scheme.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the ARC, Professor Aidan Byrne, has welcomed new measures to be implemented by the ARC to help boost the innovative capacity of the nation.


ARC Measures

There are two key measures that the ARC will action. Both measures are listed under ‘Working Together’ in the National Innovation and Science Agenda.

Linkage Projects scheme

Collaboration between researchers and business helps generate more products and services to benefit the business, the economy and broader society. The ARC Linkage Projects scheme:

  • will be open to continuous applications, allowing both researchers and industry partners to take greater advantage of opportunities for collaboration faster, and encourage more partnerships between universities and business
  • will change so that decision-making on applications will take no more than six months from lodgement (and often much less)
  • will continue to fund through the ARC the highest quality applications taking into consideration the anticipated benefit of the research.

Continuous rounds will open from 1 July 2016.

Measuring impact and engagement of university research

For the first time, Australia will introduce a national impact and engagement assessment which will assess the benefits flowing from university research. The evaluation measures will be determined through an extensive consultation with universities, industry and community stakeholders and the assessment will be conducted by the Australian Research Council (ARC) as a companion exercise to the Excellence in Research for Australia assessment. This will build on the good work already done by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

The outcomes of the assessment will incentivise universities to improve their collaborations with industry and will promote high-quality research that will drive innovation and economic prosperity.

In 2016 the ARC will work with the higher education research sector, industry and other end-users of research to develop quantitative and qualitative measures of impact and engagement.

A pilot assessment will take place in 2017. The first national assessment and reporting will take place in 2018.

These programmes form part of the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda. The ARC will update its website with any changes or expansions to these programmes in due course.

For more information about the National Innovation and Science Agenda, please visit Innovation website.


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