Gender Snapshot Summary Two: 2020 snapshot

Grants Commencing in 2020

  • The participation rate, which incorporates all named researchers on an application, of men was higher than the participation rate of women under all schemes, except the Discovery Indigenous and Special Research Initiative schemes.
  • The success rates for women were higher than the success rates for men under the following ARC Schemes:
    • ARC Centres of Excellence
    • Australian Laureate Fellowships
    • Future Fellowships
    • Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
    • Discovery Projects
    • Industrial Transformation Training Centres, and
    • Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities.
  • The success rates by women Project Leaders were higher for most ARC Schemes including:
    • ARC Centres of Excellence
    • Australian Laureate Fellowships
    • Future Fellowships
    • Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
    • Discovery Projects
    • Industrial Transformation Training Centres, and
    • Special Research Initiatives.
  • The success rates for women were higher in 14 of 22 Field of Research (FoR) disciplines; including 7 of the 12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, despite participation rates in the STEM disciplines being significantly lower for women than men.
  • In FoR 01-Mathematical Sciences, the number of applications received from women increased from 72 in 2019 to 128 in 2020, with a success rate of 33.6 per cent compared to 29.2 per cent in 2019.  
  • The success rates for Future Fellowships were higher for salary levels one and three for women and higher for salary level two for men.
  • Note: Data is presented for applications that have been announced by Minister as at March 2021. Linkage Projects 2020 data is not included.