The November 2013 announcements of successful grants in the National Competitive Grant Program of the Australian Research Council for work by university researchers, sometimes in collaboration with industry, are the best since Significance International began analysing grant results in late 2011.
This round includes funding for Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) (with industry), Discovery Projects (DP), Discovery Early Career Researcher (DE), and Discovery Indigenous (DI) grant categories, as well as Centres of Excellence. Click here to read the full detail of these results on the Australian Research Council website.
Using our usual selection criteria we have identified over $20 million in grants for projects in 2014 and beyond (depending on grant type).
Click here to see our list of relevant projects and their values. The diversity of subjects is mind-boggling!
The Western Australian Museum, National Library of Australia and the Performing Arts Heritage Network of Museums Australia are the only industry partners in this round - the lowest participation rate on our records.
LIEF grants are up by nearly $2 million on last year, DP grants have exploded to nearly four times their maximum previous value (in 2012 and 2013) to over $15 million, and DE grants have more than doubled. The only category with lower value is DI, down by $1 million.
Also, a second humanities-based Centres of Excellence (CofE) has been established. Coordinated by the Australian National University, the Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language will be funded for seven years to explore, understand, document and save languages. Click here to read the PARADISEC Project description of the Centre. (The Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, coordinated by the University of Western Australia, was the first humanities and creative arts CofE in 2011, following establishment of the scheme in 2004.)
Previous Significance International news items on ARC funding are:
$7.5 million in new grant monies July 2013 (collapsed with the Your Community Heritage Grant Program results)
Over $8 million for university research April 2013
Nearly $10 million for nearly 30 projects July 2012
Over $10 million for collections related research December 2011
$5 million in research grants awarded June 2011
Congratulations to all grant winners! We look forward to hearing about some of the results of your labours.