Presentation to DASSH
26 May 2017
Professor Joanne Tompkins

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Outline

  • General slides on overall funding
  • ARC Support for HASS through the NCGP
  • Continuous Linkage
  • Interdisciplinary 
  • ERA
  • Important general reminders for HASS researchers on the assessment process

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NCGP Funding by Institution (%) 2009–2016

 

Stacked area chart showing ARC and NHMRC percentage funding by institution over the years 2009–2016. 

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ARC NCGP funding by Fields of Research 2009–2016 

 

Staked percentage area chart showing ARC NCGP funding by two digit Fields of Research 2002-2016 as a proportion of the whole.

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National Competitive Grants Program

National Competitive Grants Program

 

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.

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Success by scheme 2011–2016: FoR 12

 

This slide shows the success rate of the selected discipline (Built Environment and Design) within different ARC schemes, for years 2011–2016, and compares this to the overall success rate of proposals in that scheme in those years.

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Success by scheme 2011–2016: FoR 13

 

 

This slide shows the success rate of the selected discipline (Education) within different ARC schemes, for years 2011–2016, and compares this to the overall success rate of proposals in that scheme in those years.

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Success by scheme 2011–2016: FoR 14

This slide shows the success rate of the selected discipline (Economics) within different ARC schemes, for years 2011–2016, and compares this to the overall success rate of proposals in that scheme in those years.

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Success by scheme 2011–2016: FoR 15

This slide shows the success rate of the selected discipline (Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services) within different ARC schemes, for years 2011–2016, and compares this to the overall success rate of proposals in that scheme in those years.

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Success by scheme 2011–2016: FoR 16

This slide shows the success rate of the selected discipline (Studies in Human Society) within different ARC schemes, for years 2011–2016, and compares this to the overall success rate of proposals in that scheme in those years.

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Success by scheme 2011–2016: FoR 17

This slide shows the success rate of the selected discipline (Psychology and Cognitive Sciences) within different ARC schemes, for years 2011–2016, and compares this to the overall success rate of proposals in that scheme in those years.

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Success by scheme 2011–2016: FoR 18

This slide shows the success rate of the selected discipline (Law and Legal Studies) within different ARC schemes, for years 2011–2016, and compares this to the overall success rate of proposals in that scheme in those years.

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Success by scheme 2011–2016: FoR 19

This slide shows the success rate of the selected discipline (Studies in Creative Arts and Writing) within different ARC schemes, for years 2011–2016, and compares this to the overall success rate of proposals in that scheme in those years.

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Success by scheme 2011–2016: FoR 20

This slide shows the success rate of the selected discipline (Language, Communication and Culture) within different ARC schemes, for years 2011–2016, and compares this to the overall success rate of proposals in that scheme in those years.

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Success by scheme 2011–2016: FoR 21

This slide shows the success rate of the selected discipline (History and Archaeology) within different ARC schemes, for years 2011–2016, and compares this to the overall success rate of proposals in that scheme in those years.

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Success by scheme 2011–2016: FoR 21

This slide shows the success rate of the selected discipline (History and Archaeology) within different ARC schemes, for years 2011–2016, and compares this to the overall success rate of proposals in that scheme in those years.

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Success by scheme 2011–2016: FoR 22

This slide shows the success rate of the selected discipline (Philosophy and Religious Studies) within different ARC schemes, for years 2011–2016, and compares this to the overall success rate of proposals in that scheme in those years.

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Continuous Linkage Projects

  • Commenced in July 2016
  • Continuous submissions
  • 6-month turnaround (under National Innovation and Science Agenda--NISA)

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Continuous Linkage Projects—Scoring

  • Fast Tracking
    • Two “thresholds”
    • Score above high threshold
      •  recommendation to fund
    • Score below low threshold
      •  recommendation not to fund
  • Selection Meeting
    • Proposals with scores between thresholds plus any others flagged for discussion.

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Continuous Linkage Projects—Assessment

  • Selection Advisory Committee (SAC)
    • Interdisciplinary
    • Drawn from College of Experts
  • Assessment of proposals
    • 3 General Assessors—from SAC
    • 2-6 Detailed Assessors 
    • Rejoinders to detailed reports
    • Proposals “fast-tracked”
  • Selection Meetings
    • Videoconference
    • All Carriage 1s (General Assessors) attend 
      • required to discuss with Carriages 2 & 3
    • Independent Chair.

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Linkage grants: exempt organisations

Exempt from cash contribution:

  • Archive and Public Record Office 
  • Charity
  • Herbarium 
  • Museum and Collecting Organisation 
  • Non-Profit Organisation 
  • Small Business
  • Start-up.

 

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Interdisciplinary Research

Interdisciplinary research (IDR) is becoming increasingly important to the national and international research effort.

This is evidenced by recent ARC Discovery round: 59% of applications identified as IDR.

A new ARC approach to better understand and address IDR is multifaceted:

  • new IDR question in all applications
  • analyse the success rate of self-identified proposals, relevant patterns in CoE and assessor assessments, relevant patterns in applications themselves whether related to investigator(s), topic, disciplinary fields and/or cross-disciplinary domains
  • evaluate and publish the results of the analysis, along with an ARC Policy statement.

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Discovery Projects 17—‘Is your project interdisciplinary?’ by 2-digit FoR code

Stacked bar chart showing split of intrerdisciplinary research across different Field of Research codes. Also shown as a percentage.

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ERA 2018

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  • The next round of ERA will take place in 2018
  • ERA will continue to assess research quality
  • ERA acknowledges and encourages ‘blue sky’ research
  • 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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ERA 2018—changes

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  • Definition of gender will be updated
  • Definition of ‘Other researcher type/level’ in staff data will be made more granular
  • Implementation of the Watt review recommendation: “The 2018 Excellence in Research Australia should take into account the relative share of research output made available through publication, open source repositories and exploited through IP arrangements” 
  • Esteem measures may drop out
  • ERA 2018 output data, including FoR assignments will be made publicly available (no staff data).

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Other matters

  • Nominations for new College of Experts members
  • Improved assessors reports
  • Assessor descriptions in RMS
  • Project summaries.

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