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Australian Research Council commits to grant dates

                   

First public list of ARC deadlines released

The Australian Research Council has released a firm list of grant application and announcement dates.

In a statement on 17 October, the ARC, which manages more than A$800 million in grants annually for Australian universities and industry programmes, committed to dates until the end of June 2023.

The calendar, which the ARC first committed to releasing earlier this year, will provide transparency and certainty, said ARC chief executive Judi Zielke.

“At the ARC, we recognise how important it is for researchers, universities and research partners to be able to plan around the timing of grant rounds—particularly the announcement of successful outcomes,” she said. 

The calendar is similar to that already circulated to research offices: it includes opening, closing and announcement dates, with the announcement dates listed as two-week windows. The next date is the closing of applications for the Mid-Career Industry Fellowships on 20 October.

Sidelined researchers

The operator of the ARC Tracker Twitter account, which monitors ARC announcements, told Research Professional News that it was “wonderful that researchers finally get some certainty so they can plan their lives and research”. Although the two-week windows are “not ideal, they are a massive step forward compared to the three-month vague windows that didn’t seem to mean anything”.

That it has taken so long to get clear dates is “fairly indicative of how sidelined researchers are in ARC processes”, ARC Tracker said.

“I hope the review of the ARC will change that and make researchers—not just universities and their research offices—the key stakeholders.”