25 May 2018

The ARC is committed to research workforce diversity and aims to contribute to a strong and sustainable Australian research workforce through our policies and programs. In particular, we are committed to ensuring all eligible researchers, irrespective of gender, have a fair opportunity to participate in the funding schemes of the National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP).

Image: L-R Hazel Brown, Henry Dabb, Iris Woods, Aubrey Roberts, Clint Bracknell, Gaye Roberts, Kim Scott, Jason Miniter and Roma Winmar working together to record an old Wirlomin Noongar song. Credit: Dr Clint Bracknell.
25 May 2018

Dr Clint Bracknell is a musician and ethnomusicologist, based at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music at The University of Sydney, who is using an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Indigenous grant to bring to life the musical traditions of the Noongar language of South Western Australia.

Professor Glenda Sluga
24 May 2018

Professor Glenda Sluga—an Australian Research Council (ARC) Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellow—is head of the Laureate Research Program in International History, based at The University of Sydney. The program is bringing into focus the ‘lost international past’—the history of international ideas, actors, and structures that underpin the global order of the present day. In doing so, they are establishing their position as Australian historians at the centre of the study of international history in the world.

Image credit: Bellevue Hill Primary School and NSW Department of Education
30 April 2018

Educational researchers based at The University of Melbourne are using funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects scheme to study how innovations in school architecture affect student learning, and develop tools which are helping teachers to bridge the gap between the educational potential of classroom designs, and their actual performance.The design of a school classroom is intimately connected with the quality of education that students receive, but there is a limited amount of evidence to inform how new innovations in learning environments can be effectively used by teachers and students.

ERA EI logo
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.

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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.