Writing and Reviewing ARC grants Relative to Opportunity
University of New South Wales
10 May 2017
Dr Fiona Cameron

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Outline

  • Research Landscape
  • ARC Research Opportunity and Performance Evidence (ROPE) Statement

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

 

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

  • ARC—7.40%
  • NHMRC—8.35%
  • Other Health—2.52%
  • CRCs—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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National Competitive Grants Program

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Graphical representation of schemes in the ARC's National Competitive Grants Program. Each scheme is a rectangle with the area of the rectangle representing  ARC funding (new and ongoing projects) for 2016.

Area of box represents ARC funding by scheme (new and ongoing projects) for 2016*. 

N.B.

  • *LP16 figures not including Continuous Linkage

 

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ARC NCGP funding by Fields of Research 2009–2016

ARC NCGP funding by Fields of Research 2009–2016

 

ARC NCGP funding by Fields of Research 2009–2016: Stacked percentage area chart showing ARC NCGP funding by two digit Fields of Research 2009-2016 as a proportion of the whole.

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All schemes 2016—STEMM participation rates by gender (on proposals considered for funding)

Chart showing STEMM discipline participation rates by gender across all schemes.

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All schemes 2016—STEMM success rates by gender

 

Chart showing success rates by gender in STEMM disciplines, across all schemes.

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DECRA 2016—STEMM participation rates by gender(on proposals considered for funding)

 

DECRA 2016—STEMM participation rates by gender(on proposals considered for funding)

Column chart showing relative success rates by gender in STEMM fields in DECRA grants (2-digit level).

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DECRA 2016—STEMM success rates by gender

 

DECRA 2016—STEMM success rates by gender

Column chart showing relative success rates by gender in STEMM fields in DECRA (2-digit level).

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ARC Policy Statement: Eligibility and Career Interruptions

 

  • The ARC promotes and encourages, within the NCGP, approaches to both eligibility and assessment, which take into account the diversity of career and life experiences of individual researchers.
  • In relation to eligibility for a scheme, the eligibility period for early-career awards and mid-career fellowships may be extended to take into account career interruptions experienced due to specified career and life experiences. (eg. DECRA, FF; 2-year/child)
  • In relation to assessment within a scheme, the ARC uses the selection criterion Research Opportunity and Performance Evidence (ROPE) to assess the quality of individual researchers.
  • ARC Policy Statement: Eligibility and Career Interruptions

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Research Opportunity and Performance Evidence (ROPE)

  • The ARC is committed to ensuring all eligible researchers have fair access to competitive funding through the National Competitive Grants Program.
  • The ARC considers that Research Opportunity comprises two separate elements:
  • Career experiences (relative to opportunity)
  • Career interruptions
  • Performance Evidence is designed to provide assessors with information that will enable them to contextualise research outputs relative to the opportunity of a participant. 
  • The ROPE Statement (released Feb 2014) is online

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Research Impact: ROPE realised

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Research impact statement showing activity, output, outcome and benefit.

Example: 

"The candidate has successfully worked and collaborated on a number of projects with the most recent ones focusing on the palaeoenvironmental development of National Parks in Victoria. In addition to 3 publications in high ranking journals, which are gathering citations and generating broader discussions in the literature, the candidate has worked closely with local councils. The work has made a major impact in informing the design of new parks and particularly the way visitors can interact with the park. One new area has already been designed to allow educational experiences without damage to important heritage sites."

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Gender Equality in Research Statement

  • The ARC acknowledges the significant issue of underrepresentation of women in the research sector in Australia. The ARC is committed to ensuring that all eligible researchers, irrespective of gender, have the opportunity to participate in National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP) funding schemes.
  • ARC funding is provided to Eligible Organisations not to individual researchers. In this context the ARC expects Eligible Organisations will:
  • meet any relevant legislative requirements in relation to gender
  • have policies and procedures in place to support the progressions and retention of women in the research workforce.
  • Gender Equality in Research Statement: ARC Statement of Support and Expectations for Gender Equality

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Australian Laureate Fellowships

The Kathleen Fitzpatrick andthe Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellowships are awarded to highly ranked female candidates from the HASS and STEM disciplines respectively.

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Participation and success rate of Chief Investigators (CIs) in Discovery Projects 2017 by gender and career age

Source: Discovery Projects Selection Report 2017 Figure 1

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ARC Assessors

  • We encourage every active researcher to become an assessor for the ARC.
  • If you are not currently an assessor for the ARC and would like to become one then send:
    • a brief CV
    • list of five recent publications
    • or a web link to this information
  • to ARCAssessorUpdate@arc.gov.au

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To be an ARC assessor

  • RMS account
  • Personal profile
  • FOR codes ~6 (interdisciplinary)
  • Expertise text
    • My primary area of expertise
    • Other areas I have worked in
    • Areas I could assess if necessary
    • Not a CV
  • Conflict of Interest/rejection
  • Constructive criticism
  • ROPE

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