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Support for Indigenous researchers

Support for Indigenous researchers

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9 July 2014

Support for Indigenous researchers

As part of NAIDOC Week celebrations, the Australian Research Council (ARC) is proud to highlight the valuable research undertaken by Indigenous Australian researchers across the country, and the ARC funding schemes in place to support their work. 

ARC Chief Executive Officer, Professor Aidan Byrne, will today welcome to the agency leading Indigenous researcher at the Queensland University of Technology and Director of the ARC National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network, Professor Aileen Moreton-Robinson.

Professor Moreton-Robinson will speak to ARC staff about her research and the role of that Network in supporting Indigenous research.

The National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network commenced in 2012 and received funding of $3.2 million for up to four years as an ARC Special Research Initiative.

"The network is actively helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait researchers seize more research opportunities and advance their research in a supportive way—in turn this builds capacity and leadership for our Indigenous researchers," Professor Byrne said.

"The Queensland University of Technology is leading the Network, together with nine collaborating institutions across the country, the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, and five Partner Organisations."

An important component of the ARC's Discovery Grant Program, the Discovery Indigenous scheme also provides dedicated funding each year to Australian universities to support research that is led by an Indigenous Australian researcher.

In 2013, $4.8 million was provided through the scheme for ten high-quality research projects including research into Indigenous housing outcomes, understanding eruptive bushfire behaviour and exploring the factors that encourage the success of Indigenous athletes.

For more information on the Discovery Indigenous scheme, visit the ARC Discovery Indigenous webpage.

For more information about the National  Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network, visit the ARC Special Research Initiatives webpage.

Each day this week the ARC is highlighting ARC-funded research undertaken by Indigenous Australian researchers, and also research with outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on the home page of the ARC website.

Media contact:
ARC Stakeholder Relations
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