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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14 December 2018

Earlier this year, we announced that the ARC, Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Stats NZ and New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment will undertake a joint review of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC). ANZSRC is a statistical classification which is used in the measurement and analysis of research and development.

ARC Streamlining word cloud
14 December 2018

The ARC is continuing its work on streamlining grant processes, and we are actively engaged in seeking your views about what aspects of our grant processes could be improved to increase their efficiency and simplicity. We have been pleased to receive a lot of positive feedback from stakeholders on our progress so far, and are actively monitoring and participating in conversations within the sector about changes that could be made.

ITRP ARChway December 2018 graphic
14 December 2018

Each year, the ARC hosts a one day gathering for all new Industrial Transformation Research Program (ITRP) Directors, which provides an important opportunity to network as a cohort as well as meet with key senior ARC staff that manage the ARC’s National Competitive Grants Program Major Investments.

2018 Research Administrators’ Seminar
14 December 2018

Research Office staff from around Australia attended the annual ARC Research Administrators’ Seminar, held in Canberra on 1 November 2018. Approximately 140 research office staff from 36 universities attended. Other organisations represented included the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), CSIRO, Telethon Kids Institute, The Granted Group, The George Institute and the Victor Chang Institute.

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14 December 2018

Improved eligibility management in RMS
From 10 October 2018, new functionality was introduced into the Research Management System (RMS) to assist and improve application eligibility compliance in relation to final reports, project limits, and eligibility requirements for Chief Investigators (CIs) and Partner Investigators (PIs).
RMS auto-population of research outputs
Researchers are now able to auto-populate their research output data into their ARC RMS person profiles and application forms.

opened laptop on a bed of grass
14 December 2018

When considering a new ARC application, remember that all named participants must have fulfilled their obligations in regard to all previously funded ARC projects, including the submission of Final Reports.

New functionality in our Research Management System (RMS) now prevents the submission of an application where any named participant is also a participant on a funded project that has an outstanding Final Report. This has been implemented to ensure that researchers, Administering Organisations and the ARC meet accountability and reporting obligations in the administration of publicly funded research.