Since establishing late in 2010 SI has provided analysis of many rounds of the National Competitive Grants Scheme (and some other grants schemes) for examples of research relevant to heritage. Early on the focus was collections.
Today the Australian Research Council (ARC) announced it will run the Linkage Projects scheme - which encourages university and industry representatives to collaborate on research projects - on a rolling basis from 1 July 2016.
This adjustment is presented as an agile new approach under the new Turnbull Government National Innovation and Science Agenda.
Click here to read the ARC News Release regarding Linkage Grants and the new Turnbull Government agenda.
While this changed periodicity will be better for industry, which works on shorter timeframes than academia, the task of tracking of grant outcomes will become too time consuming for us.
Topping out at $14 million in 2014 and bottoming out at $5 million in 2011 (usually for three year projects announced twice per year), it is evident that cultural heritage does not attract the biggest research dollars.
Click here to read our list of Grant Result News Items from July 2011 (located under our Resources tab), scroll down.
We can only trust that these funding levels will be no further reduced, that the role of collections in answering contemporary research questions and the role of heritage in understanding human valuation is not lost in the rush to increase economic wellbeing.