Making a difference 2020-2021

A MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO Welcome to the fifth edition of the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) Making a difference publication, where we showcase a year of ARC-supported research from universities from all around the country, and across the full range of research disciplines. The range of research on display in this publication gives a snapshot of the extraordinarilywide variety of research that ARC funding support enables, and the exciting outcomes and new knowledge that results from the hardwork of our world-class research sector. This year, 2021, marks 20 years since the ARC became a statutory agency responsible for Commonwealth research grants administration. Previouslymanaged by the Department of Education and the National Board of Employment, Education and Training, or ‘NBEET’, the ARC came into its ownwith the passage of the Australian Research Council Act 2001 . The legislation that created the ARC contained advisory functions, establishing us as a source of expertise and knowledge for Government and for the research community, as well as setting the funding caps for our research grant schemes. The ARC’s Discovery and Linkage programs, and



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