The ARC’s NCGP is unique in Australia’s research system in that it supports university research across all disciplines (excluding clinical and preclinical health and medical research), including Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS).

In this visualisation, you can explore the areas of research ARC funds by funding commencement year, Administering Organisation and research discipline. Drop down filters and elements in the graphs allow exploration of the data. Selecting an element in one graph may affect what you see in another graph. The text will update depending on the filters selected. 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

Use this page to profile an Administering Organisation, identifying the discipline, scheme or funding commencement year in which they have excelled. For example, The University of Queensland has been successful across a wide range of Primary Field of Research Divisions (FoR 2D). When you then select the FoR 2D with the highest number of projects, 06 – Biological Sciences, you can see in the Proportion of Funding by program and scheme graph that the bulk of funding for these projects is in the Discovery Projects scheme.

While the ARC does not fund clinical and preclinical health and medical research, all other research areas are funded, including some medical research. Between 2011 and 2021, approximately 80 per cent of funding has been allocated to STEM research projects. Approximately 75 per cent of applications were for STEM research projects during this period. The success rates visualisation provides more information about the spread of applications across research disciplines including whether they are identified as STEM or HASS.

The most funded research is identified as 09 - Engineering and 06 - Biological Sciences. The visualisation shows the strongest Primary Field of Research Group (FoR 4D) under each Primary Field of Research Division (FoR 2D). For example, 0601 - Biochemistry and Cell Biology is the best performing in 02 - Biological Science, followed by 0607 - Plant Biology.

Understanding the data 

The research discipline allocated to a project is identified by the researcher in the project application.

The ARC 'rolls up' the 6-digit Field of Research (FoR) codes provided, based on their combined proportions, to derive a Primary Field of Research Group (FoR 4D) or Primary Field of Research Division (FoR 2D) code as the application’s main field of research. There was a significant update in 2008, and FoR codes for older projects were converted to show continuity across the years.

Approximately 75 projects do not have a field of research specified – these are primarily historical projects for which the application form did not request this information. These projects are noted as ‘Not specified’ in these data.

For more information regarding research classification see the Methodology & Data Notes..

To note: this data is correct as of 24/8/2021, and only includes grants announced as of this date, except DECRA commencing in 2022. For Funding Commencement Year 2021, the funding outcome of Linkage Projects Round 1 (LP2101) is not finalised and data is not included.

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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