Australian Technology Network
Research Engagement and Impact Forum
4 September 2017
Professor Sue Thomas

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2016–17 Federal Budget—R&D $10.1 billion

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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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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Commonwealth Investment in R&D 2016–17 (%)

Commonwealth Investment in R&D 2016–17 (%)

Pie chart showing Commonwealth Investment in R&D 2016–17 ($m).

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ARC NCGP funding by Fields of Research 2009–2017 

 ARC NCGP funding by Fields of Research 2009–2017: Stacked percentage area chart showing ARC NCGP funding by two digit Fields of Research 2009-2017 as a proportion of the whole.

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Centres of Excellence 2017: Success by Discipline Panel

 

Centre of Excellence scheme success rate by discipline panel, 2017 round.

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ARC funding by Science and Research Priority area, new grants commencing in 2016–17

Pie chart showing ARC funding by Science and Research Prioroity areas for new grants commencing in 2016–17

  • Other non-priority 22%
  • Transport 2%
  • Soil and water 2%
  • Resources 3%
  • Health 14%
  • Food 3%
  • Environmental change 16%
  • Energy 4%
  • Cybersecurity 1%
  • Advanced manufacturing 33%.

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Proportion of ARC-funded research projects involving international collaboration 2013–14 to 2016–17

Bar graph showing the proportion of ARC-funded research projects involving international collaboration 2013–14 to 2016–17.

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NCGP Funding supporting a diverse workforce

Of the 3094 individual researchers supported on new NCGP grants commencing in 2016–17:

  • 27% female 
  • 1% Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 
  • 12% early-career researchers
  • 10% recipients of fellowships and awards.

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Discovery Projects—return and success rates

Discovery Projects—return and success rates

Chart showing Discovery Projects scheme return and success rates 2009–2017.

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

Chart showing 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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First-time awardees by scheme 2009–17

First-time awardees by scheme 2009–17

Chart showing the numbers and percentage of “first time” awardees in Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) and Discovery Projects (DP) schemes, 2009–2017.

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Average Age of Lead CI
Discovery Projects, DECRA and Future Fellowships

Average Age of Lead CIDiscovery Projects, DECRA and Future Fellowships

Chart showing average age of lead CI in DP, DECRA and Future Fellows, 2009-2017.

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A National Engagement and Impact Assessment—
What is it?

New national assessment:

  • how well researchers in Australian universities engage with end users beyond academia
  • what kinds of impacts are occurring outside of academia as result of research undertaken by Australian universities
  • how well Australian universities support their researchers to deliver research which has an impact beyond academia

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A National Engagement and Impact Assessment—
Why?

Encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship by:

  • encouraging researchers to better engage with users of their research
  • encouraging greater focus on delivering research impacts
  • encouraging Australian universities to support their researchers in these activities.

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A National Engagement and Impact Assessment—
When?

Date

Activity

Dec 2015

NISA announcement

 

2016

 

  • Establish governance framework
  • Consultation
  • Develop pilot methodology
  • Pilot guidelines to universities

2017

  • Pilot submissions and assessments
  • Publish pilot report
  • Consult on draft guidelines for 2018
  • Publish final 2018 guidelines
  • Recruit assessment panel members for 2018

2018

Full implementation

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Making a difference: Outcomes of ARC supported research 2016–17

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New software to detect money laundering

Working with RMIT University’s researchers, AUSTRAC’s continuous innovation has enabled the agency to remain effective in deterring and detecting money laundering and terrorist financing and related criminal activities.

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Creating next generation social robots

This corporate-academic partnership is exploring the opportunities and limitations of human-robot interaction, and pursuing commercial applications of social robotics across a number of industries in Australia.

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Laying the foundation for the international ‘mega-science’ infrastructure of the future

One of three telescopes designated as a precursor for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA)—The MWA commenced operations in 2013 and has already resulted in over 100 research publications and the collection of over 15 petabytes of data.

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Australian facility for taphonomic experimental research

ARC Future Fellow, Professor Shari Forbes, is advancing the currently limited understanding of taphonomic processes acting on human remains in a natural Australian environment at the ARC-funded Australian Facility for Taphonomic Experimental Research (AFTER).

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Preliminary observations

  • Need for clear communication
  • Need to demonstrate importance/impact of research
  • Work on grant summaries
  • Seeking clear and understandable outcome examples

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Conclusion

The ARC will continue to:

  • champion a balance of fundamental and applied research
  • Work with the sector to support the creative process of research

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