On this page, you are able to explore data relating to ARC funded research projects involving international collaboration (see ‘Understanding the Data’ for information on forms of international collaboration). 

Data is available for projects funded by the ARC since 2002 (including schemes that have now been discontinued). Applications for ARC funding are required to indicate whether the project intends to collaborate internationally––it is this information that is displayed on this page.

The tabs in the visualisation provide an overview of international collaboration in ARC funded projects, collaboration trends since 2002, top collaborators (in terms of countries, Administering Organisations and fields of research), changes to international collaboration in ARC funded research over time, and a comparison of research outputs for projects with international collaboration and those without. Click the across arrow to see each tab in order, or click on the number to select a tab by its name.

Drop down filters and click elements in the graphs allow exploration of the data. Data can be filtered by things such as scheme, funding commencement year, field of research, Administering Organisation, and country. This visualisation is shown over multiple tabs, click the < > arrows to navigate between tabs. Click Help for more information on using Microsoft Power BI. 

To return the tabs in the visualisation to their original view, click the reset filters button.

Data Insights

Since 2002, researchers receiving funding from the ARC have collaborated with other researchers and organisations/institutions throughout the world. ARC funded researchers have collaborated with countries across all regions of the globe. 

Over 80 per cent of ARC funded projects in 2021 involved some form of international collaboration.

Since 2002, the Discovery Projects scheme, the ARC’s largest, has had more than 10,000 unique projects with some form of international collaboration. 

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 United States of America is the country with which ARC researchers have collaborated most frequently, representing approximately 31 per cent of all international collaboration in unique projects between 2002 and 2021. 

Understanding the Data

What does international collaboration mean in this visualisation?

Applications for ARC funding are required to indicate whether the project intends to collaborate internationally, and the nature of the proposed international collaboration activities. The types of international collaboration include face-to-face meetings, correspondence such as emails and phone calls, attending or hosting a conference, collaborative fieldwork, hosting an international collaborator, or travelling to an international collaborator.

The data displayed is based on the information provided in the application form. The data does not include any variations that may have been made to the project after funding approval.

How is international collaboration measured?

An individual ARC funded research project may involve collaboration with more than one country. 

This means that some research projects are counted more than once. When this occurs it is referred to as an instance. When a project is only counted once, it is referred to as a unique project. 

The titles of the graphs and tables state whether the data shown relates to instances or unique projects. The total number of instances of international collaboration will be greater than the total number of unique projects.

For more information explaining the data you can see in this visualisation, please see the Notes tab. For more information about our methodology, 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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