Australian Research Council Corporate Plan 2021–22

In 2021–22 and future years, the ARC will implement ERA EI Review recommendations to improve access to ERA and EI data and promote greater insights from this data, especially for government and end user stakeholders. Research Grants Services The ARC provides grants administration services to other Australian Government entities who are managing grant programs focused on the research sector. This research grants administration, which utilises our RMS, is called Research Grants Services. As a specialist provider of research-based grants management services, Research Grants Services provides other entities with reliable access to the ARC’s systems and experts through streamlined grants administration processes to assist with the management of their grants – achieving efficiencies for government, and drawing on the technical capability, experience and expertise of the ARC to help ensure the best research and researchers are funded in line with policy expectations. The RMS is a flexible, robust, stable, innovative platform for administering research grants. Through Research Grants Services, the ARC can make RMS instances available to funding entities, for the submission, management and assessment of applications, offer and establishment of grant agreements, and to all post-award grant management activities.

The ARC will also continue to adopt cloud-based services, where possible, to maximise the ARC’s efficiencies in delivering its ICT services. The infrastructure service will be modernised to reduce the physical footprint and utilise contemporary technologies to provide reliable end user services. The ARC will focus on maintaining its security stance within an evolving hazardous landscape. To adapt to the changing landscape in technology and how we use and access data in our ICT systems, the ARC has a robust information security policy and framework to guide access and use of ARC systems. Data and Analytics The ARC values data as a strategic asset and collects a range of NCGP, ERA and EI program and administrative data as well as information on Australia’s research and innovation systems. The ongoing collection of NCGP data is used to gain a comprehensive picture of ARC’s research funding and to monitor trends over time for NCGP schemes. It contributes to internal evidence-based decision-making, ARC performance reporting and evaluation, and informs policy development and implementation. This resource is utilised by a diverse range of external stakeholders including universities, researchers, policy makers and the broader community. The ARC is committed to promoting the outcomes of the research it funds, and ensuring that non-sensitive data is made publicly available to extend the value and use of ARC-funded research. One of the ways we meet the challenge of balancing the demands from stakeholders for access to data, against the requirements of legislation and the resources of the agency, is by optimising the functionality of ARC data. The ARC is extending its data visualisation capability, including development of dynamic data displays and other data products, allowing stakeholders to access NCGP data in new ways beyond the static spreadsheets, tables and lists currently available on the ARC website. Data trends from 2002 can be explored and interacted with through the application of filters for funding commencement year, scheme, research discipline and more. The ARC also provides access to ERA and EI data and outcomes through its data portal, and trend data and other interactive data visualisations through the ERA National Report and the Gender and the Research Workforce Report.



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