ROPE
University of the Sunshine Coast
6 February 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 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.
  • 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 Interruption

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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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First-time awardees by scheme 2008–16

 

  First-time awardees in Discovery Projects and DECRA schemes, 2008–2016 (Note: DECRA scheme commenced in 2012).

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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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Opportunities 

  • Role models
  • Mentors
  • Awards
  • Fellowships
  • SAGE & Athena Swan

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

 

Chart showing DECRA 2016 STEMM participation rates according to gender.

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DECRA 2016—STEMM success rates by gender

Chart showing DECRA 2016 STEMM discipline success rates by gender.

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Gender by Panel—DECRA 2016

Panel*

Number of female candidates

Number of approved female candidates

Female success rate

Number of male candidates

Number of approved male candidates

Male success rate

BSB

93

16

17.2%

158

26

16.5%

EIC

34

7

20.6%

240

38

15.8%

HCA

92

18

19.6%

84

11

13.1%

MPCE

75

12

16.0%

205

34

16.6%

SBE

108

18

16.7%

126

20

15.9%

Total

402

71

17.7%

813

129

15.9%

*(BSB – Biological Sciences and Biotechnology; EIC – Engineering, Information and Computing Sciences; MPCE – Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences; SBE – Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences; HCA – Humanities and Creative Arts).

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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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Australian Laureate Fellowships

  • ARC has two Laureate awards that celebrate the work of two pioneering women in Higher Education in Australia
    • Kathleen Fitzpatrick
    • Georgina Sweet

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DECRA

  • 2013 L'Oréal for Women in Science Fellows
  • ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher (DECRA)
  • …the story of continental drift as it has been told in classrooms for many decades. But what was unknown until very recently, was that small fragments of Gondwana were left behind as sunken island relics deep beneath the Indian ocean.

  • “It is exciting getting a rock from the sea floor. It’s really the same as going to Mars, going to the bottom of the ocean, we know so little about it. Nearly all the data we have is from satellites ...”

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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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Success in Grants by Gender

 

Chart showing success rate by gender for Discovery Early Career Researcher Award applocations 2016.

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The Definition of Research Impact 

  • Research impact is the demonstrable contribution that research makes to the economy, society, culture, national security, public policy or services, health, the environment, or quality of life, beyond contributions to academia
  • Research Impact Principles and Framework

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Research Impact Pathway 

Examples only:

Inputs

Activities

Outputs

Outcomes

Benefits

  • Research income
  • Staff
  • Background IP
  • Infrastructure
  • Collections
  • Research work and training
  • Workshop/Conference organising
  • Facility use
  • Membership of Learned Societies and Academies
  • Community and stakeholder engagement
  • Publications including e-publications
  • Additions to national collections
  • New IP: Patents and Inventions
  • Policy briefings
  • Media
  • Commercial products, licences and revenue
  • New companies—spin offs, start ups or joint ventures
  • Job creation
  • Implementation of programs and policy
  • Citations
  • Integration into policy
  • Economic, Health, Social, Cultural, Environmental, National Security, Quality of Life, Public Policy or Services
  • Higher quality workforce
  • Job creation
  • Risk reduction in decision making

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Impact: Realised or Aspirational?

Impact Statement

Project Description

ROPE

Best publications (30-word)

Aspirational

Realised and Aspirational

Realised

Both realised and on the pathway to research impact

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Impact statement: Aspirational

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Impact statement showing activity, output, outcome and benefit.

Example: 

"The candidate will work and collaborate with local councils on this project which is focused on the palaeoenvironmental development of National Parks in Victoria. This will produce publications in high ranking journals, which will generate broad discussions in the literature. The work will inform the design of new parks and particularly the way visitors can interact with a park. It is expected that new designs will allow enhanced educational experiences without damage to important heritage sites."

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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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Research Impact

Example A

 

Example B

Examples of research impact statements showing activity, output, outcome and benefit.

Example:

"The candidate has collaborated on a number of full book length studies into the relationship between the theory of consciousness and recent discoveries in neuroscience and is working closely with the journal Philosophy in developing a series specifically dedicated to exploring this relationship. The studies have been cited 35 times in articles in highly ranked journals for illuminating new interdisciplinary approaches in understanding the meaning of consciousness."

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Best publications; 30–word statements realised and on track to benefit

Text:

  • With 48 citations, including Cambridge Companion to Australian Art, noted as “a benchmark for the interactive exploration of 3D multi-modal data”, uptake by broadcasting organisation NDR, (North German Broadcasting).
  • Cited in 30 sources including The Historical Journal, it demonstrates effective use of social media data in exploring contemporary refugee histories; impact noted in EU policy debates, The Times (03.01.15.p35).

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Who are the statements & descriptions for?

  • Peers (College of Experts, other academics)
  • Unlikely to be your direct peers (COI)
  • Broad understanding of the area
  • Write to this audience

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