Review of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
5 December 2016

The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2007) (the Code) is currently under review. The Code Review is a joint endeavour between the ARC, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and Universities Australia (UA).

Kathleen Fitzpatrick
5 December 2016

On 25 October 2016, the ARC hosted the inaugural Gender Equality in Research Laureate Forum, bringing together some of Australia’s most pre-eminent researchers undertaking initiatives promoting gender equality in the research workforce.

Image: Professor Xinhua Wu. Image courtesy: Monash University.
5 December 2016

Researchers at the ARC Research Hub for Transforming Australia’s Manufacturing Industry through High Value Additive Manufacturing have taken their cutting edge 3D printing technology into a commercial application, with the signing of an agreement to print turbojet components for Safran Power Units, a French-based global aerospace and defence company. Then, only days after the announcement of the partnership in Paris, the research team and their Australian partner, Amaero Engineering, were awarded the Business/Higher Education Round Table (B/HERT) Research Translation Award, a new award made for the first time in 2016.

Equitable assessment of interdisciplinary research
5 December 2016

Last month, the ARC released a Statement of Support for Interdisciplinary Research, outlining processes the ARC has in place to ensure equitable assessment and evaluation of interdisciplinary research under the National Competitive Grants Program and Excellence in Research for Australia. The statement also includes actions that the ARC will implement in 2016–17 to further support interdisciplinary research.

Engagement and Impact
5 December 2016

On 21 November 2016, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training, announced the Engagement and Impact Assessment Pilot. The Engagement and Impact Assessment is part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA), a whole of government initiative that was announced in December 2015.

Major Grants Announcement
5 December 2016

The ARC’s Major Grants Announcement by Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham on 1 November 2016 was a cause to celebrate for the recipients of over 989 new research projects worth $416.6 million across five schemes of the ARC’s National Competitive Grant Program.

Image: Dr Wei Kong Pang Image Courtesy: The University of Wollongong
22 November 2016

Developing innovative technologies for high-performance lithium-ion batteries for portable electronic devices such as electric vehicles will be the focus of new ARC Future Fellowship recipient, Dr Wei Kong Pang.

The Australian Research Council (ARC) will be providing $77.0 million for 100 new research projects under the Future Fellowship scheme, for funding commencing in 2016, announced on 1 November 2016 as part of the ARC Major Grants Announcement.

Image: Dr Jayakumar Bose. Image courtesy: The University of Adelaide.
22 November 2016

Discovering the genes needed for developing crops with enhanced salt tolerance will be the focus of research of one promising early-career researcher to commence in 2017.

2017 ARC Centres of Excellence announced (word cloud)
22 November 2016

On the 8 September 2016, the Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, announced the outcomes of the 2017 round of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centres of Excellence scheme. The announcement saw $283.5 million in funding (over seven years) awarded to nine outstanding ARC Centres of Excellence, following a competitive and rigorous assessment process.

Image: Dr Kathleen Ellis. Image courtesy:  Curtin University of Technology.
1 November 2016

Finding out how people with impairments use smartphones to navigate the urban environment, to help improve access to services and address problems related to social participation, will be the focus of research in an ARC Discovery Project to commence in 2017.