Wordcloud simplifying grants management
18 December 2019

As part of our transition to the whole-of-government grant agreement template, the ARC has simplified its grant management processes around start dates, parental leave and ethics clearances.

Speaker at Research Administrators Seminar
18 December 2019

Research Office staff from around Australia attended an annual Research Administrators’ Seminar, held in Canberra on 29 October 2019. This event is targeted at Research Office staff who are relatively new to ARC processes.

This year around 140 research office staff—from 37 universities and representatives from other organisations including the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), Telethon Kids Institute and The Garvan Institute—attended day one of the seminar.

As in previous years, the seminar was organised in association with the Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)— with ARMS hosting a reception at the conclusion of the day and the NHMRC hosting their day on 30 October 2019.

Attendees at 2019 Induction forum
18 December 2019

The ARC recently hosted a number of induction forums for new College of Experts members, directors of major ARC-funded investments, and its newest awarded ARC Australian Laureate Fellows. 

These forums provide a unique opportunity for the ARC to share information about the administration of grants, as well as opportunities for networking with peers and meeting key ARC staff.

Photo of 2019 Australian Laureate Fellows with Dr Katie Allen MP
18 December 2019

The 2019 Australian Laureate Fellowships pin ceremony was held on 28 November 2019 at Old Parliament House in Canberra.

The ARC’s Chief Executive Officer, Professor Sue Thomas, presided over the evening and Dr Katie Allen MP represented the Minister for Education, the Hon Dan Tehan, presenting pins to the 2019 Australian Laureate Fellows who attended the ceremony.

ARC data portal Icon for feature article
18 December 2019

Following the launch of Grant Search II earlier in the year, we have listened to your feedback and made some improvements to the Data Portal to make it easier to search.

ANSRC collage image
12 December 2019

The ARC, Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and Stats NZ have published a consultation draft of proposed revisions to the Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC).

The purpose of the ANZSRC review is to ensure that research classifications reflect current practice and remain responsive to change in the sector. Input from researchers and research experts will be vital to ensuring that the final classification fulfils these goals.

Music activates brains! Credit: University of Melbourne
10 December 2019

Professor Felicity Baker is a music therapy researcher and head of music therapy at The University of Melbourne, who is leading a research team to investigate how musical creativity—including the creation, performance and recording of songs—can be a powerful tool in therapy.

Professor Baker’s work has used the transformative power of songwriting to assist people to self-explore, process, and resolve personal issues and express individual and collective identities. The participants of music therapy that she has worked with include people with mental illness, those in palliative care, and those who have suffered brain or spinal cord injuries.

credit Joshu Fartch
10 December 2019

Professor Christine Bigby is the Director of the Living with Disability Research Centre at La Trobe University, whose research is meaningfully advancing the quality of life of people with cognitive disabilities.

Continuously supported by a number of ARC grants since 2004, Professor Bigby’s research focus in recent years has been on the culture and theory behind the operation of group homes—which, in Australia, is the dominant form of accommodation for people with severe intellectual disabilities.

A high performance luminescent concentrator developed by ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science researchers. Credit: ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science.
9 December 2019

A team of researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science is creating materials that could transform windows and walls into solar cells, raising the possibility of self-powered buildings.
Dr Wallace Wong and Professor Ken Ghiggino at The University of Melbourne and Professor Tim Schmidt at the University of New South Wales, are working to make better luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs). These light-harvesting devices are designed to capture energy from light in cities and other places without bright direct sunlight.

The Southern Ocean is more turbulent than thought. Credit: Ed Dunens (CC BY 2.0)
9 December 2019

ARC-supported researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes (CLEX) have used a supercomputer to accurately simulate convection in the waters of the Southern Ocean, with implications for climate models that may have underestimated the degree to which seawaters are mixed by convection in turbulent ocean regions of the Earth.