University of Tasmania Forum
19 July 2016
Professor Aidan Byrne

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Outline

  • Research landscape
  • Linkage Project scheme
  • Measuring Impact & Engagement

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2015–16 Federal Budget—$429 billion

Diagram to illustrate proportion of funding allocated in 2015–16 Federal Budget to all Australian departments and agencies. Dollars allocated to agencies are shown by the size of the circles of each department and agency.

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2015–16 Federal Budget—R&D $9.7 billion

Diagram to illustrate proportion of funding allocated in 2014–15 Federal Budget to all Australian departments and agencies.

Diagram to illustrate proportion of funding allocated in 2015–16 Federal Budget to all Australian departments and agencies. Dollars allocated to agencies are shown by the size of the circles of each departments and Agency. This graph particularly illustrates about $9.7 billion of this funding which is allocated to R&D.

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Commonwealth Investment in R&D 2015–16 (%)

Pie chart of Commonwealth investment in R&D 2015-16

There are the following segments in this chart:

  • 7.72% CSIRO
  • 4.44% DSTO
  • 8.13% ARC
  • 8.70% NHMRC
  • 6.42% Australian Government R&D 
  • 29.89% Industry R&D Tax Measures
  • 2.65% Business Innovation
  • 20.54% Block Funding
  • 0.44% Higher Education R&D
  • 0.60% Other Health
  • 1.51% CRCs
  • 3.13% Rural
  • 3.73% Energy and the Environment
  • 2.10% Other R&D

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Selected research agencies 2003–2016 funding ($m)

Source: Science, Research and Innovation Budget Tables 2015–16

A graph showing funding in the millions of dollars adminstistered by NHMRC, ARC, CSIRO and DSTO in 2003 to 2016.

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ARC NCGP % funding by institution 2008–2015

ARC NCGP % funding by institution 2008-2015

Stacked area chart showing ARC and NHMRC percentage funding by institution over the years 2008–2015.  

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Research grants funding by institute (%) 1971–2014

Grants funding by institute (%) 1971–2014

This is a stacked area chart showing a long time series of funding to universities and institutes under the ARC and previous similar grants funding agencies/schemes.

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ARC NCGP funding by Fields of Research 2007–2015 

ARC NCGP funding by Fields of Research 2007 to 2015

This is a stacked area chart showing a long time series of funding by Fields of Research.

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FoR Network mapping… All disciplines

Field of Research Network mapping chart LEeend for network map all disciplines

This networks the connexions between all disciplines, with different colours representing different disciplines.

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National Competitive Grants Program

National Competitive Grants Programme

Graphical representation of schemes in the ARC's National Competitive Grants Program. Each scheme is a rectangle with the area of the rectangle representing amount funded over the period 2011–2015.

Area of box represents amount funded over the period 2011–2015.

  

N.B.

  • Centres of Excellence, SRIs, not awarded in every year.
  • ITRP and DECRA only funding since 2012

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ARC NCGP funding by scheme 2008–2015

ARC funding by scheme

Stacked area chart showing ARC funding by scheme 2008–2015 with Discovery Projects being the largest through this period, but significant growth in Future Fellowships.

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Current Centres of Excellence—Collaborations

Current Centres of Excellence— Collaborations

Network chart showing all ARC Centres of Excellence and their partner organisations and/or collaborating organisations.

Legend

  • Centre of Excellence—red
  • Australian Organisation—blue
  • International Higher Education—yellow
  • Government—green

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Linkage Projects—return and success rates

Linkage Projects - return and success rates

This chart shows the number of proposals received and funded, and the success and return rate for the Linkage Projects scheme for the years  2003–2016.

Chart showing components of POs on LP grants - govt, non profit etc. Downward trend on govt!

This chart shows the number and kind of partner organisations associated with Linkage Projects proposals for the years 2006–2014.

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The Annual Cycle

The Annual Cycle

This chart compares the annual grants cycle of the previous Linkage Projects scheme with the new continuous LInkage Projects scheme.

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Linkage Projects scheme—Linkages 2011–2015

Linkage Projects Linkages2011–2015

Large network chart using colour to demonstrate all linkages made by funded ARC Linkage Projects grants from 2011 to 2015 with higher education institutions, government, industry/business and non-profit or other organisations. 

Legend

  • Higher Education—blue
  • Government—green
  • Industry/business—red
  • Non-profit/other—yellow

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Linkage Projects: Projects with Primary FoR 11 (Health and Medical) 2011–2015

Linkage Projects: Projects with Primary FoR 11 (Health and Medical)2011–2015

This chart shows networks of partner orgs and admin orgs on linkage grants, where the primary 2 Digit FoR of the grant was 11 (Health and Medical).

Legend

  • Higher Education—blue
  • Government—green
  • Industry/business—red
  • Non-profit/other—yellow

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National Innovation and Science Agenda

  • In December 2015 the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) was announced
  • ARC measures within NISA:
    • Continuous Linkage Projects scheme (opened 1 July)
    • Research Engagement and Impact Assessment

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Engagement and Impact Assessment

  • National Innovation and Science Agenda—7 December 2015.  $1.1 billion over four years on a range of initiatives
  • Includes $11.2 million over five years ($2.2 million on average) to conduct a national assessment measuring impact and engagement in university research
  • Government invests $3.5 billion a year in university research. The assessment will:
    • examine how universities are translating their research into economic, social and other benefits and 
    • incentivise greater collaboration between universities, industry and other end-users of research 

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Engagement and Impact—Development 

  • Assessment will be developed by ARC and Department of Education and Training as a companion to ERA
  • Steering Committee—which includes higher education and industry leaders—overseeing the development of the framework for the assessment. Committee supported by two working groups:
    • Technical Working Group provides expert advice on the development of indicators that will support the engagement and impact assessment 
    • Performance and Incentives Working Group provides advice to the ARC about the potential incentive effects of the preferred model
  • Extensive consultation with the sector and other stakeholders will be essential to development and implementation

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Engagement and Impact—Timeline 

  • ARC and Department of Education to develop methodology in 2016, including extensive sector consultation
  • Consultation paper released—consultation ended 24 June 2016
  • Pilot assessment in 2017
  • Full assessment in 2018 as a companion to ERA

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Engagement and Impact—Key Questions

  • What are the appropriate definitions for engagement and/or impact?
  • How should the scope of the assessment be defined and who should be covered (e.g. HDRs)?
  • To what level of granularity and classification should measures be aggregated?
  • What timeframes should be used for assessment?
  • What types of engagement indicators should be used?
  • What types of impact indicators should be used?

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Research commercialisation metrics

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Source: Metrics for Research Commercialisation: A Report to the Coordination Committee on Science and Technology, 2005, “Table 2: Matrix of research commercialisation metrics” p. 16. 

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Linkage fraction vs Discovery fraction

LP vs DP Fraction

This slide charts the success of each university in terms of the percentage of total scheme funds awarded, and compares this for Discovery Projects  on one scale, and Linkage Projects on the other. The diagonal line indicates where the percentage of scheme dollars awarded is equally balanced. N.b. Log scales are used for this scatter chart.

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