AFW Research Day
2 November 2016
Dr Fiona Cameron

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Outline

  • Research landscape overview 
  • National Competitive Grants Program
    • Gender
    • Assessment Processes
  • National Innovation and Science Agenda
    • Continuous linkage
    • Engagement and Impact

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

Pie chart showing Commonwealth Investment in R&D 2015–16 ($m):

  • ARC—7.40%
  • NHMRC—8.35%
  • Other Health—2.52%
  • CRCs1—1.49%
  • Rural—3.11%
  • Energy and the Environment—3.06%
  • Other R&D—2.07%
  • CSIRO—7.82%
  • DST Group (formerly DSTO)—4.35%
  • Australian Government other R&D—6.79%
  • Business Innovation and Other R&D—2.02%
  • Industry R&D Tax Measures—31.07%
  • Block Funding—19.61%
  • Higher Education R&D—0.33%

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Selected research agencies 2009–2016 funding ($m)

 Line graph showing the Government funding budget of ARC, NHMRC, CSIRO, DST Group rom 2009-10 to 2016-17 budget.

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ARC NCGP funding by Fields of Research 2009–2015 

 Stacked area chart showing ARC NCGP funding by Fields of Research (FoR) for years 2009–2015.  

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National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP)

 

The NCGP comprises two main elements—Discovery and Linkage—under which the ARC funds a range of complementary schemes to:

  • support researchers at different stages of their careers
  • build Australia’s research capability
  • expand and enhance research networks and collaborations
  • develop centres of research excellence.

*Clinical and other medical research is primarily supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

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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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First-time awardees by ARC scheme 2008–15

First-time awardees by ARC scheme 2008–15

 First-time awardees in Discovery Projects and DECRA schemes, 2008–2015 (Note: DECRA scheme commenced in 2012).

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Participation and success of Chief Investigators (CIs) in DP16 by gender and career age*

Participation and success of Chief Investigators (CIs) in DP15 by gender and career age*

Graph showing participation and success rate of Chief Investigators (CIs) in  the Discovery Projects scheme (funding commencing in 2016) by gender and career age. *Career age categorised by years since PhD.

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Average age of first-named Chief Investigators—Future Fellowships, Discovery Projects, DECRA 2002–2016

Average age of first-named Chief Investigators—Future Fellowships, Discovery Projects, DECRA 2002–2016

Line graph showing average age of first-named Chief Investigators for Future Fellowships, Discovery Projects and DECRA schemes, 2002–2016.

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Researchers by sector of employment

 

 

Source: OECD, Research and Development Statistics Database, www.oecd.org/sti/rds, June 2013.

Bar chart showing researchers by sector of employment (OECD data). Australia is low on the chart for researchers in industry.

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So you want to engage in research with industry?

  • Linkage Projects: $50K–$300K per year/2–5 years
  • Industrial Transformation Research Program
    • Training Centres: up to $1m per year/5 years
    • Research Hubs: up to $1m per year/5 years
  • Centres of Excellence: up to $5m per year/7 years

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Who can I work with?

“The Linkage Program supports the growth of research partnerships between university-based researchers and researchers in other sectors in Australia and overseas that generate new knowledge, technologies and innovations.”
Don’t dismiss any organisation until you’ve talked with your Research Office.

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ARC Assessment Process

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This pictorial graph shows the ARC assessment process.

  1. Application
  2. Panel (can go directly to Selection Meeting)
  3. External Assessment
  4. Selection Meeting
  5. Outcomes

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Proposal assessment—overview

 

  • The peer review process is designed to be fair, thorough and transparent
  • All proposals are assessed against the selection criteria, and in accordance with the weightings for that scheme
  • Proposals are generally assigned to two types of assessors:
    • at least two General assessors (usually College of Experts members), and
    • at least two Detailed assessors
  • ARC staff assess eligibility etc., but do not decide which proposals should be funded

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 Grant process and writing tips

  • All grants that are successful should provide exciting new outcomes and be an excellent investment
  • Decisions will align with Scheme Objectives
  • Not all excellent proposals can get funding; most applicants will be disappointed

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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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Continuous Linkage Projects

  • Since 1 July 2016, applications for the Linkage Projects scheme can be submitted at any time. 
  • The continuous application cycle will allow a closer connection between proposal submission and outcome announcement. 
  • This helps industry and business to collaborate more readily on high quality proposals, particularly with regard to budget and planning, and will assist in boosting the commercial returns of publicly-funded research. 
  • Following a rigorous assessment process high-quality proposals will be expedited to the Minister for decision.

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Continuous Linkage Projects

 

Example diagram of the annual cycle for a continuous announcements scheme. Also illustrating the scheme open, assessments and applicable funding rules for a continuous Linkage round.

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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.

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Gender of first-named Chief Investigator—Linkage Projects 2016 

 

Graph showing success rate of first-named Chief Investigators, by gender, in the 2016 round of the Linkage Projects scheme.

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2016–17 Calendar

Scheme

Open

Close

FL18

5/10/2016

30/11/2016

FT17

18/10/2016

7/12/2016

ITRP18

11/10/2016

15/12/2016

DP18

7/12/2016

1/03/2017

DE18

16/01/2017

22/03/2017

IN18

23/01/2017

29/03/2017

LE18

8/02/2017

5/04/2017

LP16 continuous application to December 2016.
LP17 continuous application from January 2017.

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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—Timeline 

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