ARC Streamlining word cloud
22 March 2019

The ARC is always working to streamline its grants processes and we explained more about these efforts our last edition of ARChway. These activities have continued recently, with a particular focus on variations to grant agreements and final reports.  

As part of a general review of our post-award grant agreement requirements, we have updated the documentation required for supporting variation requests. These changes include allowing Human Resources areas of universities to certify maternity/parental leave (rather than provide documentary evidence) and reducing the required documentation for variations to organisation, personnel and project details.

ANSRC collage image
22 March 2019

Public consultation is now open for universities, researchers, industry partners and the public to comment on the review of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC). 

The ANZSRC review includes all three of the ANZSRC classifications—Type of Activity, Fields of Research, and Socio-Economic Objectives and is being carried out by the Australian Research Council (ARC) together with the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Stats NZ and the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

Group shot of Stem Cell Australia
22 March 2019

At a public event held on 19 March 2019 at the Victorian State Library, Melbourne, researchers and guests of Stem Cells Australia came together to talk about stem cells, on the topic ‘At the Frontier of Tomorrow’s Medicine’. 

Stem Cells Australia began in 2011, and has received funding from the Australian Government totalling $24 million over eight years, as a Special Research Initiative in Stem Cell Science through the Australian Research Council.

Sharon Parker
22 March 2019

The ARC, as part of its ongoing stakeholder engagement, hosts induction forums for a range of ARC-funded researchers, including new Directors of Industrial Transformation Research Hubs, Training Centres and ARC Centres of Excellence, as well as new ARC Australian Laureate Fellows.

Jennifer Green
20 March 2019

Supporting the preservation of threatened languages, fostering oyster resilience to global environmental change, predicting firestorms, building the self-esteem of Aboriginal youth, and tracing the genetic history of Australia. These are just a few of the diverse projects funded under the Discovery Indigenous scheme, an integral component of the Australian Research Council’s support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers and research.

Sandro Botticelli, Portrait of a Youth
7 March 2019

Joseph Forgas is a Scientia Professor of Psychology at The University of New South Wales. His research, supported through the ARC Discovery Projects scheme, focuses on the relationship between cognitive processes and interpersonal behaviour.

Rachel Burton holding some grains
14 December 2018

For seven years, the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls has been undertaking research to advance our understanding of plant cell wall biology to enable sustainable biomass production for food security, human health and energy biomass conversion.

an open cut mine
14 December 2018

Professor Anthony Bebbington is an ARC Australian Laureate Fellow based at The University of Melbourne, whose research is unpacking the critical conflicts in the governance of resource extraction and especially the mining industry, with a particular focus on Latin America, Indonesia and Australia. As the world’s economies are increasingly thirsty for mineral, oil, coal and gas reserves, the governmental decisions that allow their extraction often involve a tricky balance against the impact on indigenous and rural communities and the need to preserve the world’s remaining standing forests.

Dr Andreia Pinto Correia at Lake Mungo
14 December 2018

How often do composers and historians work together?

In 2018, ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellow, Professor Ann McGrath, a historian at The Australian National University (ANU), was contacted by the New York-based composer, Dr Andreia Pinto Correia, to initiate a creative collaboration that would unite their two worlds, and celebrate the ancient landscapes of Australia with a new musical composition.

ERA EI logo
14 December 2018

2018 has seen the ARC undertake a fourth full assessment for Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) and the first Engagement and Impact Assessment (EI). The ARC would like to thank the Research Evaluation Committee members, EI panel members, peer reviewers, research offices, and researchers who have contributed to these exercises during the year.

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