Research Administrators’ Seminar Day 2—ARC Welcome
15 November 2016
Ms Leanne Harvey
Acting Chief Executive Officer Australian Research Council

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2016–17 Federal Budget—$450.6 billion

Diagram to illustrate proportion of funding allocated in 2016–17 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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2016–17 Federal Budget—R&D $10.1 billion

Diagram to illustrate proportion of funding allocated in 2016–17 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. This graph draws attention to the proportion of R&D allocated funding.

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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 years 2009–2015.  

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Major Grants Announcement

On 1 November 2016, The Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham announced the $416.6 million in funding as part of the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) National Competitive Grants Program

The schemes for which projects received funding were:

  • Discovery Projects for funding commencing in 2017—$234.7 million for 630 projects
  • Discovery Indigenous for funding commencing in 2017—$4.6 million for 11 projects
  • Discovery Early Career Researcher Award for funding commencing in 2017—$71.7 million for 200 projects
  • Future Fellowships for funding commencing in 2016—$77.0 million for 100 projects.
  • Linkage, Infrastructure, Equipment, and Facilities for funding commencing in 2017—$28.6 million for 48 projects

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Centres of Excellence 2017

  • ARC Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3 Dimensions*
  • ARC Centre of Excellence of Australian Biodiversity and Heritage
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes*
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems*
  • ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science
  • ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery
  • ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research*
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology*

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Industrial Transformation Research Program

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Gender Equality

  • The ARC is committed to ensuring all researchers have the same opportunity to participate in NCGP funding schemes irrespective of gender
  • A number of initiatives already in place
    • ROPE, Laureate Fellowships, eligibility extensions
  • At this time last year we released:
    • ARC Gender Equality Action Plan 2015–16 
    • Gender Equality in Research Statement

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Australian Laureates Forum

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Georgina Sweet and Kathleen Fitzpatrick fellows at the ARC Laureate Forum.

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ARC Statement of Support for Interdisciplinary Research

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Screenshot of the ARC's Statement of Support for Interdisciplinary Research document cover.

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Engagement and Communication with Research Offices

  • Increase engagement with research offices
  • Looking to a more inclusive approach
  • Information and training days
  • Greater use of webinars
  • Network messages will now be tweeted, move away from emails.

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Final Reports

  • Due within 12 months of the project being finalised
  • 1,635 reports are currently overdue as of 31 October

Note all our new funding rules contain provisions regarding non-compliance.

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Track record 

  • Important part of the application to assess the quality of the personnel
  • Increasing number of applications where track record is not accurate
    • For example, claiming books as an author when the researcher is an editor or claiming journals, as peer reviewed when they are not
  • Inaccuracies could intentional or careless 
  • Need for greater scrutiny of all aspects of application when certifying applications.

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Stocktake of research office roles in RMS

Found two major issues

  • The RO delegate role allows (amongst other things) the certification and submission of proposals to the ARC
  • The RO signatory role in RMS is the only role that allows the execution of funding agreements and offers

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Whose proposal is it…….  

  • Responsibilities of Researcher
  • Responsibilities of RO
  • Responsibilities of Admin Org

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Assessors

  • The ARC is currently preparing a Statement of Support for Assessors—including both detailed and general assessors
  • It will outlines the ARC’s commitment to and expectations of assessors
  • The Statement will acknowledge the significant contributions of assessors to the ARC’s peer review processes
  • We are committing to transitioning to a system of recognising assessor work by annual reporting back to their institutions

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Evaluation of the ARC Centres of Excellence funding scheme

  • The ARC will soon be contacting your university inviting participation in an on-line survey
    • The survey questionnaire will seek information about aligning funding schemes to support the strategic research directions
    • improvements to provide more effective support
  • The survey will be copied to Research Office Directors seeking responses within a two-week time period, due end of December

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State of Australian University Research 2015–2016
Volume 1, ERA National Report

ERA 2015 National Report cover

ERA 2015 outcomes show Australia’s universities continue to produce high-quality research across a wide range of disciplines.

Overall research quality is improving and reflects ERA’s role in focussing universities on research quality.

Of the UoEs assessed in both ERA 2015 and the previous round, ERA 2012, 56 per cent of these maintained the same rating, while 29 per cent improved their rating by one.

The ERA results show an extraordinary breadth of outstanding research performance in Australia.

Volume 1, ERA National Report.

 

 

 

 

 

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State of Australian University Research 2015–2016
Volume 2, Institutional Insights

ERA 2015 Volume 2 cover

 Our ERA dataset covers all Australian university:

  • research outputs, staffing and activity from 2003 to 2013, and
  • research income and research application data from 2006 to 2013.

This volume 2 looks at selected topics to provide further understanding of the state of Australian university research including:

  • ERA Ratings,
  • Gender and the Research Workforce,
  • Open Access,
  • Volume of Submitted Outputs in ERA 2015, and
  • Percentage Contribution to the National Landscape

Volume 2, Institutional Insights

 

 

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ERA 2018

  • The next round of ERA will take place in 2018
  • Draft ERA 2018 submission documentation will be released for consultation
  • It is currently expected that changes to the ERA process for 2018 will be minimal………

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  • On 7 December 2015 the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) was announced
  • ARC measures:
    • Continuous Linkage Projects scheme (implemented 1 July 2016)
    • Engagement and Impact assessment (under development)

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Linkage Projects scheme—continuous application, assessment and funding process

  1. Proposal submitted to ARC
  2. Assessment/Rejoinders Process
  3. Overall Score Calculated
  4. Score compared to LP16 April list
  5. Preliminary Screening Meeting
  6. Ranking
    1. High 
    2. Low
  7. Selection Meeting
  8. Funding Recommendations to the Minister
  9. Announcement
  10. Projects start

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ERA/Engagement & Impact

Engagement and impact assessment will consider:

  • Research interactions with industry, Government, non-governmental organisations, communities and community organisations, and
  • Research contributions to economy, society and environment

ERA and EI will run as companion exercises
ERA will continue to assess research quality
ERA acknowledges and encourages ‘blue sky’ research

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Communications

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