It is my privilege to present this publication, Making a difference—Outcomes of ARC supported research. This publication is a snapshot of some of the outstanding research outcomes derived from research projects funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council (ARC) National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP).

The NCGP supports the highest-quality fundamental and applied research and research training through national competition across all disciplines1 and encourages partnerships between researchers and industry, government, community organisations and the international community.

I am immensely proud of the important role that the ARC plays in supporting Australian research and developing Australia’s research capacity. This publication displays the tangible outcomes derived from both the fundamental and applied research undertaken by ARC supported researchers.

ARC supported research is delivering cultural, economic, social and environmental benefits to all Australians. The research outcomes highlighted within this publication demonstrate benefits derived from research undertaken across the full spectrum of research supported by the ARC, from the humanities and social sciences (HASS) disciplines through to the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

Of course, we could not possibly capture all the brilliant researchoutcomes delivered by our ARC supported researchers in one publication. While I congratulate the researchers and institutions highlighted in this publication, I also extend my admiration to all the excellent researchers the ARC supports. It is clear to me that ARC supported research is making a real difference to Australia and the world.

1Clinical and other medical research is primarily supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council.