ARC funding is provided to eligible organisations, called Administering Organisations, not individual researchers. In most cases, researchers prepare an application for funding that is submitted to the ARC through an Australian university. The university is then named as the Administering Organisation on an awarded project, and they execute an agreement with the ARC, which specifies how they manage the funding.

In this visualisation, you can explore the proportion of funding awarded to each Administering Organisation, and track the number of projects and funding amount across funding commencement years since 2002, by program, scheme, state/territory and university group. Drop down filters and click elements in the graphs allow exploration of the data. Selecting an element in one graph or table may affect what you see in another graph or table. Press the ‘reset filters’ button to remove all selections made. Click Help for more information on using the ARC’s Microsoft Power BI Tool.

Data Insights

The number of projects awarded to an organisation in a year does not necessarily correlate with the amount of funding awarded to the organisation in that particular year. The level of funding awarded is determined by the size of the grant, which will be different under each scheme. For instance, ARC Centres of Excellence receive $1–$5 million per year over seven years while Linkage Projects receive $50,000–$300,000 per year for between two and five years depending on the project.

The Group of Eight (Go8) comprises Australia’s leading research-intensive universities, and these universities are generally awarded the highest number of projects in a given year. Since 2002, Go8 universities have been awarded as few as 41 projects (The University of Western Australia in 2019) and as many as 215 projects (Australian National University in 2003). In contrast, universities from the Regional Universities Network (RUN), which deliver educational programs across regional Australia, have been awarded a much smaller number of projects. The highest number of projects awarded to a RUN university was 15 to The University of New England in 2002. The number of projects awarded to a university relates to the number of applications submitted to the ARC. Success rates are between 14 (RUN) and 22 (Go8) per cent across the different university groups. The success rates visualisation provides some insight into the spread of applications across university grouping.

The funding peaks identified in specific years due to non-annual schemes such as ARC Centres of Excellence awarding a higher level of funding than usual are represented across the different university groups. The 2014 increase is particularly noticeable across all university groups (excluding the Regional Universities Network and the Australian Technology Network Universities).

Understanding the data 

Where organisation names have changed over the years, only the most up to date name appears in the data. University Groupings have been identified using established peak bodies.

To see information for the eligible organisations generally used for the ARC’s current scheme rounds, select all university groups except “non-university organisations”. The “non-university organisations” administered funding under certain schemes historically, including targeted Special Research Initiatives identified by the Australian Government. The Learned Academies and the Australian Council of Learned Academies only administer funding awarded under the Learned Academies Special Projects and Supporting Responses to Commonwealth Science Priorities schemes. Specific information about each scheme rounds is available in the grant guidelines. Read more about the ARC’s programs and schemes on the NCGP page

For more information about the terms used on this page see the Methodology & Data Notes.

To note: this data is correct as of 20/10/2020, and only includes grants announced as of this date.

While due care has been taken in its preparation, the ARC cannot guarantee and assumes no legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, currency, completeness or interpretation of the information.

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