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.

Image: Dr Christopher Lawrence. Courtesy: The University of Melbourne
1 November 2016

A national-scale Indigenous-led digital project will help to reconnect Indigenous communities, thanks to a $473,000 grant under the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Indigenous scheme.

Image: Associate Professor d’Orgeville in front of the Gemini South 8-metre telescope in Chile, during first light propagation of the Gemini South laser using old solid state laser technology (2011) Image credit: Gemini Observatory.
1 November 2016

The creation of a new laser system for the first Australian laser guide star that will have important and far-ranging uses in astronomy, satellite tracking and mitigation of the threat of space debris will soon be possible, following the award of a $502,453 grant from the Australian Research Council (ARC).

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.

NISA banner
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.