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Appendix 1: National Competitive Grants Program

This appendix provides information to support the Annual Performance Statement for Key Activity 1: Funding the highest quality research. The Discovery Program and the Linkage Program are funded under the National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP).

Discovery Program

Australian Laureate Fellowships (FL)

First selection round

Funding commencing in 2009

Frequency

Annual

Description

The FL scheme reflects the Australian Government’s commitment to excellence in research by supporting world-class researchers to conduct research in Australia.

Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)

First selection round

Funding commencing in 2012

Frequency

Annual

Description

The DECRA scheme provides focused research support for early career researchers in both teaching and research, and research-only positions.

Discovery Indigenous (DI)

First selection round

Funding commencing in 2002 (DI Researchers Development); Funding commencing in 2012 (DI)

Frequency

Annual

Description

The DI scheme provides grant funding to support research projects led by an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander researcher. The DI scheme also funds fellowships through the Discovery Indigenous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award.

Discovery Projects

First selection round

Funding commencing in 2002

Frequency

Annual

Description

The Discovery Projects scheme provides grant funding to support research projects that may be undertaken by individual researchers or research teams.

Future Fellowships (FT)

First selection round

Funding commencing in 2009

Frequency

Annual

Description

The FT scheme provides support for excellent mid-career researchers to undertake high quality research in areas of national and international benefit.

Linkage Program

ARC Centres of Excellence (CoE)

First selection round

Funding commencing in 2003

Frequency

Periodic

Description

The ARC CoE scheme facilitates significant collaboration which allows the complementary resources of universities, publicly funded research organisations, other research bodies, government and business to be concentrated to support outstanding research in all fields (except medical research).

Industrial Transformation Research Hubs (ITRH)

First selection round

Funding commencing in 2012

Frequency

Annual

Description

The ITRH scheme engages Australia’s best researchers to develop collaborative solutions to Industrial Transformation Priority areas and to train the future research workforce. Research Hubs support joint research activity between the Australian higher education sector and industry, and are designed to focus on strategic outcomes that cannot be realised independently of each other.

Industrial Transformation Training Centres (ITTC)

First selection round

Funding commencing in 2013

Frequency

Annual

Description

The ITTC scheme fosters close partnerships between university-based researchers and other researchers. Training Centres deliver innovative Higher Degree Research and postdoctoral training. The focus is on creating end-user research capability that is vital to Australia’s future by developing solutions relevant to the Industrial Transformation Priorities.

Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF)

First selection round

Funding commencing in 2002

Frequency

Annual

Description

The LIEF scheme provides funding for research infrastructure, equipment and facilities to Eligible Organisations. It enables researchers to participate in cooperative initiatives so that expensive research infrastructure, equipment and facilities can be shared between higher education organisations and industry. The scheme also fosters collaboration through its support of the cooperative use of national or international research facilities.

Linkage Learned Academies Special Projects (LASP)

First selection round

Funding commencing in 2002

Frequency

Periodic

Description

The LASP scheme funds the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) and the Learned Academies to undertake research projects.

Linkage Projects

First selection round

Funding commencing in 2002

Frequency

Annual from funding commencing in 2013; continuous from 1 July 2016

Description

The Linkage Projects scheme supports projects which initiate or develop long-term strategic research alliances to apply advanced knowledge to problems, acquire new knowledge and as a basis for securing commercial and other benefits of research.

Special Research Initiatives (SRI)

First selection round

Funding commencing in 2002

Frequency

As required

Description

Under the SRI scheme, new or emerging areas of research for funding are identified. Applications for funding may be submitted only through ARC invitation by means of a call for proposal(s).

Supporting Responses to Commonwealth Science Council Priorities

First selection round

Funding commencing in 2018

Frequency

As required

Description

The Supporting Responses to Commonwealth Science Council Priorities scheme aims to support the development of Australian research in priority areas as set by the Commonwealth Science Council. Organisations eligible to administer funding under the scheme are the ACOLA and the Learned Academies.