After 11 years of Excellence in Research for Australia, the time and costs for universities and the value it creates for other sectors (none of which made submissions to a recent review) are unknown.
Education minister Dan Tehan has been making funding announcement gradually, increasing uncertainty for researchers.
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Decisions about research funding – and how those decisions are announced – should not be political and should follow a set schedule.
A Boxing Day Test match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Our research project sought to investigate the capacity of professional sport to communicate environmental issues and awareness.
Did the minister or any of his staff read our application or any of the other ten he chose to reject?
In 2017 and 2018, as education minister, Simon Birmingham vetoed 11 ARC grants in the humanities.
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Projects submitted to the Australian Research Council are vetted heavily by panels of experts. Minister Birmingham’s decision undermines this process.
Despite the Federal Government’s teacher education reforms and the push for evidence-based teaching, less than 2% of ARC research funding is directed to educational research.
Dr Ian Moffat explaining ground penetrating radar to community members during a survey of the Innamincka Cemetery.
Funding for research in Australia could soon depend on how much researchers engage with others who could benefit from and help out with the work.
Gravitational waves are produced by some of the most extreme events in the universe.
The OzGRav Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery will enable Australian researchers to be at the forefront of gravitational wave astronomy.
Research in the humanities has come under attack from the Daily Telegraph in recent days.
The decision to refuse the ARC and academic researchers a right of reply appears to be a straightforward breach of the News Corp Australia code of conduct.
Is this really how we want to decide where research funding should be allocated?
Well, here we are again. Lazy swipes by lazy blowhards at lazy academics lazing their way through hyper competitive granting procedures.
CSIRO has received significant cuts to its budget over the past several years.
How does Australia fare in science and research funding? Where have recent cuts been made? This infographic shows the state of science funding in Australia.
Time to make research audits more transparent?
Making the whole process of auditing research open to the public could help reduce the capacity for universities to game the system.
What about the research that’s not considered a ‘priority’?
It’s hard enough to get research funding in Australia, so what if your work falls outside one of the areas declared a “priority”?
Funding panels have to sift through reams of high quality applications, and ultimately reject most.
The latest round of research grant funding has been announced, and many worthy researchers have not made the cut. Why?
Gagging clauses in contracts permit purchasers of research to modify, substantially delay, or prohibit the reporting of findings.
Government departments often commission research to help them understand and respond to policy issues. But they impose contract conditions that threaten to undermine the integrity of the work.
It’s the people that make the projects a success.
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A shift in our research funding model to fund individual people rather than whole projects could help support the best science.
Connecting researchers to industry and investment is a great idea.
If we want to boost innovation in this country, we should emulate a scheme that has proven highly successful in the United States.
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Researchers are looking towards alternative sources of funding amidst increasing competition for research grants.
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Fundamental, wide-ranging and curious research is the basis of a country’s development. Cuts to CSIRO won’t help.
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