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15 April 2018

It’s full steam ahead here at the ARC to deliver this year’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) and Engagement and Impact Assessment (EI). With submissions now open for ERA 2018, and EI submissions to follow shortly, Australia’s universities are working hard on their input to these two important processes.

2018 will mark the fourth round of ERA since its inception in 2010. ERA identifies and promotes excellence across the full spectrum of research activity in Australia’s universities. It is a wide-ranging and comprehensive evaluation—in 2015, ERA assessed 2,460 units of evaluation involving over 430,000 unique research outputs produced by more than 67,000 researchers. By comparing Australia’s research effort against international benchmarks, ERA provides a national stocktake of areas of research strength, and, in turn, creates incentives for universities to improve the quality of their research.

Image credit: Automated robot planting shoots ©; Apple packaging ©; Pill filling ©; Cutting metal by plasma laser ©; Technician holding chip ©iSt
28 March 2018

In 2011, the ARC announced a new research program designed to build significant new research partnerships and expand existing partnerships in key areas of national importance. This program, called the Industrial Transformation Research Program (ITRP) has quickly demonstrated its impact to industry and to the research sector.

Group picture of panel at the ARC Centres of Excellence workshop
27 March 2018

In December 2017 and March 2018, the Australian Academy of the Humanities, the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and the Australian Academy of Science, with the support of the ARC, hosted workshops targeting specific discipline fields for the upcoming ARC Centres of Excellence selection round.

Professor Timothy Bayne Image courtesy: Provided by Professor Bayne
22 March 2018

Professor Timothy Bayne—a 2015 Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow—is a philosopher based at Monash University, who is bridging the gap between philosophy and neuroscience, to get a practical grip on the multifaceted nature of consciousness. In doing so, he is bringing new insights from the latest technological breakthroughs in neuroscience to some of the oldest and hardest questions in philosophy.

  The ARC has started work on transitioning its Funding Rules into a new Grant Guidelines template.
15 March 2018

The ARC has started work on transitioning its Funding Rules into a new Grant Guidelines template.

Image: 2012 Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellow, Professor Nalini Joshi, from The University of Sydney
10 March 2018

The prestigious Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme supports outstanding Australian and international researchers and research leaders to build Australia’s research capacity, undertake innovative research programs and mentor early career researchers.

Image: Dr Melanie Randle Credit: University of Wollongong
14 February 2018

Dr Melanie Randle is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) recipient, based at the University of Wollongong, who has been working closely with non-profit and government organisations to increase the number of foster care placements in the Wollongong area through better marketing and recruitment strategies.

Image: Professor Michelle Simmons. Image courtesy: L’Oréal–UNESCO
30 January 2018

Selected from a distinguished list of nominees, the 2018 Australian of the Year Awards and Australia Day Honours have recognised the substantial contributions of Australian researchers.

Image: Professor Sharon Robinson. Image credit: University of Wollongong.
8 December 2017

The ARC College of Experts is made up of experts of international standing, drawn from all corners of the Australian research community, including from higher education institutions, industry and public sector research organisations. College of Experts members are engaged by the ARC for appointments of one to three years, during which time they play a key role in identifying research excellence, moderating external assessments, and make funding recommendations under the ARC’s National Competitive Grants Program.

Image: Professor Jian Yang  Image credit: Image provided by Professor Yang
30 November 2017

Professor Jian Yang is a Professorial Research Fellow in the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, at The University of Queensland, and the recipient of the 2017 Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year, in the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science. His research focuses on tracking down the genetic basis for complex inherited traits, which are those that depend on changes to more than just one or two individual genes.