The amount awarded in the June 2015 announcements of Australian Research Council (ARC) Grants is down by $4 million on the equivalent announcement in June 2014.
Click here to read our June 2014 News Item
The value of Linkage Grants (between universities and industry) is very similar (around $9 million), but no Future Fellowships were awarded. However, a call has just been released for Future Fellowship applications, so hopefully our November figures will pick up this value. This round does include announcements for Laureate Fellows, but none of the Fellows appointed come from the field of cultural heritage.
We also noticed that most Linkage Grants were tenable for three and not the usual four years.
Click here [download] to read our selection of awarded grants, judged to be relevant to collecting organisations.
'Field of Research' (FoR) codes were not provided in the information about this round, so this column has been deleted from our usual format. We don't know whether this means the ARC has moved away from the strict use of these codes to classify research. If their absence represents a search engine keywords approach we would support this. The new website design includes a range of distributional graphs for each grant type. Click here to see the new look webpage for Linkage Grants.
More natural heritage organisations and government departments are listed as partners this time.
Unusual industry partners in this round include the Australian Library and Information Association Ltd., which is the professional association for librarians in Australia and represents IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) on the Blue Shield Australia Committee, and the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust, which holds a significant performing arts collection.
Two research projects of relevance to the collections sector with industry partners outside the sector are:
1. Investigating the impact of human resources practice on attracting and retaining high-quality volunteers. University of Western Australia with Scout Associations around Australia.
2. Understanding Australia values, value-changes and value-related behaviours. University of Western Australia with Pureprofile, a paid surveys business.
What an interesting bunch of research projects! We hope to hear about their outcomes in a few years' time.