• Success rates for women exceeded those of men under the Future Fellowships, Australian Laureate Fellowships, Industrial Transformation Training Centres and Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities schemes.
  • Success rates for women and men were similar under the Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, Discovery Indigenous and Linkage Projects schemes.  
  • The success rate for women at 18.3% was slightly lower than for men at 20.0% under the Discovery Projects scheme and under the ARC Centres of Excellence scheme at 48.8% and 52.3% respectively.
  • Success rates for women Project Leaders are higher than those of men under ARC Centres of Excellence, Industrial Transformation Training Centres and Australian Laureate Fellowships schemes; while the success rates for women and men Project Leaders are similar under the Discovery Projects, Discovery Early Career Researcher Award and Future Fellowships schemes.  
  • Women had higher success rates in the two digit Field of Research (FOR) divisions of 07–Agricultural and Veterinary Science, 09–Engineering, 11–Medical and Health Sciences, 12–Built Environment and Design, 14–Economics, 19–Studies in Creative Arts and Writing and 21–History and Archaeology. 
  • Across all schemes, the participation rates for women were lower than the rates of men, ranging from 15.6% for Industrial Transformation Training Centres to 44.4% for Discovery Indigenous. Participation continues to be monitored by the ARC.

 

Notes

  • The data in this snapshot includes researchers who identified their gender. A very small number of researchers did not provide gender in the ARC database. From 2016 the ARC will be able to report more broadly including data on researchers who identify as female, male, indeterminate/intersex and unspecified.
  • The data in this snapshot reflects proposals with funding commencing in 2014.
  • The information contained in this dataset is limited to that which was current at the time project proposals were approved for funding and accordingly excludes any post-award variations that may subsequently have been approved.

Tables 

Table 1:  Success Rates by Scheme by Gender 

Note 1: This includes all named researchers on proposals, including Partner Investigators. Only researchers who identified their gender were included for counting. A very small number of researchers did not identify their gender in the ARC database.

Note 2: An individual research participant may be involved in more than one project in one or more scheme rounds. The participant is counted more than once in these cases.

2014

Scheme

 

Women

 

 

Men 

 

Submitted

Funded

Success rate

Submitted

Funded

Success rate

ARC Centres of Excellence

123

60

48.8%

406

212

52.2%

ARC Future Fellowships

262

50

19.1%

564

99

17.6%

Australian Laureate Fellowships

19

4

21.1%

71

12

16.9%

Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

553

76

13.7%

911

124

13.6%

Discovery Indigenous

36

11

30.6%

45

14

31.1%

Discovery Projects

2442

448

18.3%

7487

1498

20.0%

Industrial Transformation Research Hubs

44

19

43.2%

232

75

32.3%

Industrial Transformation Training Centres

33

19

57.6%

179

99

55.3%

Learned Academies Special Projects

7

5

71.4%

8

5

62.5%

Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities

286

157

54.9%

1241

617

49.7%

Linkage Projects

1059

384

36.3%

2773

1031

37.2%

Note: The data has not included a total of 50 researchers with 'unknown' gender in submitted proposals.

Table 2: Participation Rates by scheme by Gender

Note 1: This includes all named researchers on proposals, including Partner Investigators. Only researchers who identified their gender were included for counting. A very small number of researchers did not identify their gender in the ARC database.

Note 2: An individual research participant may be involved in more than one project in one or more scheme rounds. The participant is counted more than once in these cases.

2014

Scheme

Submitted

Participation rate

Women

Men

Total

Women

Men

ARC Centres of Excellence

123

406

529

23.3%

76.7%

ARC Future Fellowships

262

564

826

31.7%

68.3%

Australian Laureate Fellowships

19

71

90

21.1%

78.9%

Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

553

911

1464

37.8%

62.2%

Discovery Indigenous

36

45

81

44.4%

55.6%

Discovery Projects

2442

7487

9929

24.6%

75.4%

Industrial Transformation Research Hubs

44

232

276

15.9%

84.1%

Industrial Transformation Training Centres

33

179

212

15.6%

84.4%

Learned Academies Special Projects

7

8

15

46.7%

53.3%

Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities

286

1241

1527

18.7%

81.3%

Linkage Projects

1059

2773

3832

27.6%

72.4%

Note: The data has not included a total of 50 researchers with 'unknown' gender in submitted proposals.

Table 3:  Success Rates by Gender of Project Leader by scheme

Note 1: Only researchers who identified their gender were included for counting. A very small number of researchers did not identify their gender in the ARC database.

Note 2: An individual research participant may be involved in more than one project in one or more scheme rounds. The participant is counted more than once in these cases.

2014

Scheme

 

Women

 

 

Men 

 

Submitted

Funded

Success rate

Submitted

Funded

Success rate

ARC Future Fellowships

262

50

19.1%

564

99

17.6%

Australian Laureate Fellowships

19

4

21.1%

71

12

16.9%

Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

553

76

13.7%

911

124

13.6%

Discovery Indigenous

14

5

35.7%

12

5

41.7%

Discovery Projects

888

172

19.4%

2643

530

20.1%

Industrial Transformation Research Hubs

0

 

 

15

4

26.7%

Industrial Transformation Training Centres

3

2

66.7%

10

5

50.0%

Learned Academies Special Projects

3

1

33.3%

2

1

50.0%

Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities

18

3

16.7%

130

60

46.2%

Linkage Projects

192

59

30.7%

506

192

37.9%

 

Table 4:  Participation Rates by Gender of Project Leader by scheme 

Note 1: Only researchers who identified their gender were included for counting. A very small number of researchers did not identify their gender in the ARC database.

Note 2: An individual research participant may be involved in more than one project in one or more scheme rounds. The participant is counted more than once in these cases.

2014

Scheme

Submitted

Participation rate

Women

Men

Total

Women

Men

ARC Centres of Excellence

2

20

22

9.1%

90.9%

ARC Future Fellowships

262

564

826

31.7%

68.3%

Australian Laureate Fellowships

19

71

90

21.1%

78.9%

Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

553

911

1464

37.8%

62.2%

Discovery Indigenous

14

12

26

53.8%

46.2%

Discovery Projects

888

2643

3531

25.1%

74.9%

Industrial Transformation Research Hubs

0

15

15

0.0%

100.0%

Industrial Transformation Training Centres

3

10

13

23.1%

76.9%

Learned Academies Special Projects

3

2

5

60.0%

40.0%

Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities

18

130

148

12.2%

87.8%

Linkage Projects

192

506

698

27.5%

72.5%

 

Table 5: Success Rates by Two-Digit Field of Research Division by Gender

Note 1: This includes all named researchers on proposals, including Partner Investigators. Only researchers who identified their gender were included for counting. A very small number of researchers did not identify their gender in the ARC database.

Note 2: Two Digit Field of Research Division is determined by the Field of Research Code assigned to the proposal by investigators 

Note 3: NCGP Schemes included: Discovery Projects, Discovery Indigenous, Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, Future Fellowships, Australian Laureate Fellowships,Linkage Projects, Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities, Industrial Transformation Research Hubs, Industrial Transformation Training Centres, ARC Centres of Excellence and Special Research Initiatives, Linkage Academy Special Project.

2014

Discipline

Women

 

Men 

 

Submitted

Funded

Success rate

Submitted

Funded

Success rate

01 - Mathematical Sciences

85

23

27.1%

480

157

32.7%

02 - Physical Sciences

119

36

30.3%

854

257

30.1%

03 - Chemical Sciences

221

63

28.5%

877

263

30.0%

04 - Earth Sciences

143

31

21.7%

779

238

30.6%

05 - Environmental Sciences

169

47

27.8%

521

163

31.3%

06 - Biological Sciences

486

115

23.7%

1576

421

26.7%

07 - Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences

93

26

28.0%

297

68

22.9%

08 - Information and Computing Sciences

198

38

19.2%

1094

234

21.4%

09 - Engineering

421

137

32.5%

3002

856

28.5%

10 - Technology

93

22

23.7%

617

196

31.8%

11 - Medical and Health Sciences

483

122

25.3%

593

144

24.3%

12 - Built Environment and Design

144

28

19.4%

268

32

11.9%

13 - Education

288

59

20.5%

231

51

22.1%

14 - Economics

90

28

31.1%

275

76

27.6%

15 - Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services

201

25

12.4%

440

66

15.0%

16 - Studies in Human Society

551

142

25.8%

650

174

26.8%

17 - Psychology and Cognitive Sciences

306

70

22.9%

409

110

26.9%

18 - Law and Legal Studies

151

38

25.2%

185

65

35.1%

19 - Studies in Creative Arts and Writing

128

43

33.6%

130

37

28.5%

20 - Language, Communication and Culture

257

64

24.9%

247

85

34.4%

21 - History and Archaeology

169

65

38.5%

249

74

29.7%

22 - Philosophy and Religious Studies

61

6

9.8%

138

17

12.3%

 

 

Table 6a: Success Rate by Career Age and Gender: All named participants

Note 1: This includes all named researchers on proposals, including Partner Investigators. Only researchers who identified their gender were included for counting. A very small number of researchers did not identify their gender in the ARC database.

Note 2: Career age is calculated on basis of reported PhD award date in submitted proposals to the ARC and the last day of submission in the scheme each round. It is possible that the same person reported a different PhD award date in the database and where this is the case, the earliest PhD date was taken as the PhD date for use in analysis here.

Note 3: NCGP schemes with career age data available included: Discovery Projects, Discovery Indigenous, Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, Future Fellowships, Australian Laureate Fellowships and Linkage Projects schemes.

2014

Gender

<5yrs

5 - 10yrs

10-15yrs

15-20yrs

Submitted

Funded

Success rate

Submitted

Funded

Success rate

Submitted

Funded

Success rate

Submitted

Funded

Success rate

Female

959

165

17.2%

1010

198

19.6%

833

189

22.7%

559

142

25.4%

Male

1784

341

19.1%

2155

469

21.8%

1969

423

21.5%

1541

355

23.0%

 

Gender

20 - 25yrs

25 - 30yrs

30+yrs

Submitted

Funded

Success rate

Submitted

Funded

Success rate

Submitted

Funded

Success rate

Female

343

90

26.2%

131

41

31.3%

162

42

25.9%

Male

1341

326

24.3%

943

249

26.4%

1271

382

30.1%

 

Table 6b: Success Rate by Career Age and Gender: Chief Investigator

Note 1: This includes all Chief Investigators on proposals. Only researchers who identified their gender were included for counting. A very small number of researchers did not identify their gender in the ARC database.

Note 2: Career age is calculated on basis of reported PhD award date in submitted proposals to the ARC and the last day of submission in the scheme each round. It is possible that the same person reported a different PhD award date in the database and where this is the case, the earliest PhD date was taken as the PhD date for use in analysis here.

Note 3: NCGP schemes with career age data available included: Discovery Projects, Discovery Indigenous, Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, Future Fellowships, Australian Laureate Fellowships and Linkage Projects schemes.

2014

Gender

<5yrs

5 - 10yrs

10-15yrs

15-20yrs

Submitted

Funded

Success rate

Submitted

Funded

Success rate

Submitted

Funded

Success rate

Submitted

Funded

Success rate

Female

864

139

16.1%

882

165

18.7%

709

156

22.0%

454

111

24.4%

Male

1580

285

18.0%

1735

364

21.0%

1502

299

19.9%

1097

253

23.1%

 

Gender

20 - 25yrs

25 - 30yrs

30+yrs

Submitted

Funded

Success rate

Submitted

Funded

Success rate

Submitted

Funded

Success rate

Female

265

75

28.3%

108

33

30.6%

122

30

24.6%

Male

916

234

25.5%

672

175

26.0%

832

256

30.8%

 

Table 6c: Success Rate by Career Age and Gender: Project Leader/Fellow/Awardee 

Note 1: This includes Project Leaders (1st named Chief Investigators) and Fellows/Awardees on proposals. Only researchers who identified their gender were included for counting. A very small number of researchers did not identify their gender in the ARC database.

Note 2: Career age is calculated on basis of reported PhD award date in submitted proposals to the ARC and the last day of submission in the scheme each round. It is possible that the same person reported a different PhD award date in the database and where this is the case, the earliest PhD date was taken as the PhD date for use in analysis here.

Note 3: NCGP schemes with career age data available included: Discovery Projects, Discovery Indigenous, Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, Future Fellowships, Australian Laureate Fellowships and Linkage Projects schemes.

2014

Gender

<5yrs

5 - 10yrs

10-15yrs

15-20yrs

Submitted

Funded

Success rate

Submitted

Funded

Success rate

Submitted

Funded

Success rate

Submitted

Funded

Success rate

Female

569

83

14.6%

467

81

17.3%

346

76

22.0%

227

51

22.5%

Male

1052

149

14.2%

947

186

19.6%

832

155

18.6%

559

120

21.5%

 

Gender

20 - 25yrs

25 - 30yrs

30+yrs

Submitted

Funded

Success rate

Submitted

Funded

Success rate

Submitted

Funded

Success rate

Female

140

38

27.1%

61

20

32.8%

55

10

18.2%

Male

459

126

27.5%

342

101

29.5%

386

116

30.1%

 

Table 7: Success Rates for Future Fellowship Level by Gender

Note 1: Only researchers who identified their gender were included for counting. A very small number of researchers did not identify their gender in the ARC database.

 

2014

Salary Level

Women

Men

Submitted

Funded

Success rate

Submitted

Funded

Success rate

Level 1

155

30

19.4%

378

65

17.2%

Level 2

85

15

17.6%

143

27

18.9%

Level 3

22

5

22.7%

43

7

16.3%

All levels 

262

50

19.1%

564

99

17.6%

 

Table 8: Success rate by STEM/HASS discipline area by Gender in Fellowship/Award schemes 

Note 1: Discipline area is determined by Field of Research Code assigned by Investigators. STEM (01 – Mathematical Sciences, 02 – Physical Sciences, 03 – Chemical Sciences, 04 – Earth Sciences, 05 – Environmental Sciences, 06 – Biological Sciences, 07 – Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences, 08 – Information and Computing Sciences, 09 – Engineering, 10 – Technology, 11 – Medical and Health Sciences, 17 - Psychology and Cognitive Sciences); HASS (12 – Built Environment and Design, 13 – Education, 14 – Economics, 15 – Commerce, Management, Tourism & Services, 16 – Studies In Human Society, 18 – Law and Legal Studies, 19 – Studies In Creative Arts and Writing, 20 – Language, Communication and Culture, 21 – History and Archaeology, 22 – Philosophy and Religious Studies)

Note 2: Only researchers who identified their gender were included. A very small number of researchers did not identify their gender in the ARC database.

Note 3: NCGP schemes included: Australian Laureate Fellowships, Future Fellowships and Discovery Early Career Researcher Award.

2014

Discipline

Women

Men 

Submitted

Funded

Success rate

Submitted

Funded

Success rate

STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics)

489

74

15.1%

1266

198

15.6%

HASS (Humanities Arts and Social Sciences)

345

56

16.2%

280

37

13.2%