Institutional Insights: Volume 2 of the State of Australian University Research
12 October 2016

In September 2016, the ARC released the second volume of the State of Australian University Research 2015–16 series—Institutional Insights.

12 October 2016

One of the greatest social challenges of the 21st century is global ageing. Resulting from increased lifespans and declining fertility, ageing populations present enormous opportunities and challenges to society. In the United Nations’ World Population Ageing: 1950–2050 report, the reality of this demographic change is described as ‘unprecedented, without parallel in the history’ and ‘profound, having major consequences and implications for all facets of human life’. As societies all around the world come to terms with this change, it is essential that policy makers in Australia have access to independent research that addresses the social and economic challenges of population ageing and provides in depth and unique ageing demographics of our country and region. 

RMS Post-award module
12 October 2016

The ARC is pleased to advise that the Research Management System (RMS) post-award module for Research Offices is now live.

Two Black Holes Merge into One Image Credit: SXS, the Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes (SXS) project
1 October 2016

Perhaps the most exciting discovery in fundamental physics for decades was the detection of gravitational waves at the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (Advanced LIGO) in September 2015—followed by a second detection only a few months later. These discoveries have opened up new possibilities in exploring the universe through its most enigmatic objects: black holes, while at the same time testing our current understanding of the physical laws underpinning the universe.

Image: Classic Hamburger Sandwich Image courtesy: KEKO64 at
12 August 2016

Research funded by the ARC Discovery Projects scheme, and conducted at Macquarie University, has shown that Western-style diets, high in saturated fats and added sugar, can disrupt aspects of cognition in adults. This disrupted cognition impairs food intake control, causing overeating, contributing to the rise of obesity in Western countries.

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12 August 2016

Under the continuous model, the assessment of proposals begins as soon as they are submitted in ARC’s Research Management System (RMS), allowing outcomes to be determined within a shorter timeframe. Rather than waiting for a scheduled yearly selection meeting, proposals will be assessed as they arrive and selection meetings will be organised as required so that high and low-ranked proposals can be fast-tracked and outcomes announced as early as possible after submission. Outcomes for all other proposals are expected to be announced approximately six months after submission.

Image: Dr Byrt with some of the diverse range of sorghum types studied in the glasshouse. Image credit: Haiyen Nguyen.
1 August 2016

Biofuels are increasingly becoming an important supplement and replacement for diesel and petrol, which, as fuel for transport, produce 14 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions[1]. Two big advantages of biofuels are: they are a renewable resource that does not require mining fossil fuels; and they deliver a roughly neutral net carbon dioxide impact on the atmosphere, due to the recapture of carbon from the atmosphere that occurs as a natural part of the growth of the crop.

Image: Mother holding baby feet. Image credit: iStock ID 71238229.
1 August 2016

The ARC has measures in place to support flexible working arrangements for Fellowship/Award1 recipients (irrespective of gender) who have family and/or carer responsibilities. These include leave entitlements and the ability to convert the Fellowship/Award to or from part-time at any time to accommodate family or caring responsibilities.

Image: Senator The Hon. Simon Birmingham and Professor Aidan Bryne. Image credit: Norman Plant.
1 August 2016

On 6 May 2016, just a few days before the dissolution of Parliament prior to the 2016 federal election, the funding outcomes for four ARC funding schemes were announced by the Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, at Parliament House. In total, $163 million was awarded to researchers for 258 new research projects across 31 Australian universities.

 Image: Some of the new 2015 Future Fellows at the announcement event in Brisbane with Minister Simon Birmingham and ARC CEO Professor Aidan Byrne.  Image courtesy: Ray Cash Photography.
22 December 2015

Fifty new Future Fellows will soon commence important research programmes worth more than $38.6 million and covering a broad range of research disciplines.

Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, announced the new fellowships at a ceremony at Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art campus in Brisbane.