13 June 2014

The ARC and NHMRC (National Health and Medical Research Council) meet regularly to explore ways to improve the consistency of policies and processes. This includes aiming to reduce duplication of effort for researchers who may apply to both the ARC and NHMRC, and improving information sharing between our agencies for audit and other purposes.

Work currently underway also includes: planning for ERA 2015; discussion around each agency’s Open Access policies; and effective management of the interface between the two agencies in the medical and dental research space.

The ARC would also like to thank everyone who provided feedback to the consultation on the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research.

ARC staff recently met with colleagues from the NHMRC and Universities Australia to review the survey results, and will be consulting with the Australian Health Ethics Committee and ARC Advisory Council in the coming months for their advice on proposed sections for revision.

Work on the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research is also underway.