15 June 2021

In September 2020 the ARC introduced new questions into researchers’ Research Management System (RMS) profiles to support transparency of personal interests and to provide a mechanism to declare relationships and support for research to both the Administering Organisation and the ARC. The information also supports Administering Organisations in implementing the Guidelines to Counter Foreign Interference in the Australian Higher Education Sector.  

Since its implementation, the ARC received feedback from the sector requesting clarification regarding the information that should be included in these questions. 

In response, the ARC will be making some minor changes to the wording and providing additional instructions to help researchers complete their RMS profiles. We have also introduced a new field to assist with identifying the name of the organisations. 

Completion of these profile questions will continue to be required by any researcher named in applications for all National Competitive Grant Program grant opportunities. This information will be visible to those with research office staff access and ARC staff. A researcher’s responses will not be visible to other participants on the application or assessors that review the application. 

ARC peer review processes will continue to be based on assessing the merit of each application against the assessment criteria set out in ARC Grant Guidelines.  RMS will prevent applications being submitted to the ARC if these questions have not been completed by all participants, so please ensure your researcher profile is up to date and complete. For anyone who has already completed their profile, you are encouraged to review it before each new application. 

More information about these questions and advice on how to respond will continue to be provided in the grant opportunity ‘Instructions to Applicants’, published on GrantConnect for each round.