The ARC meets regularly with other Government agencies in the coordination of policy matters which extend over the policy and program space of multiple research fields. For example, for researchers who may apply to both the ARC and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), we have worked collaboratively to reduce duplication in applications and improve information sharing between our agencies. The ARC and NHMRC have previously collaborated in the running of our annual Research Administrators’ Seminar. We also work together to promote the highest standards of ethics and integrity in research, through the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (co-authored with Universities Australia), the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (co-authored with Universities Australia), and the Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes (co-authored with Universities Australia and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation). The ARC and NHMRC also operate the Australian Research Integrity Committee. Beginning in 2020, the ARC has provided grants administration services to other Australian Government entities who are managing research grant programs. These funding entities remain responsible for the program policy and funding of the grant programs and are supported by the ARC through the relevant parts of the grants lifecycle. In 2020–21, the ARC commenced grants services for 3 agencies: Department of Education, Skills and Employment; the Office of National Intelligence; and the Department of Defence.
The ARC’s purpose to grow knowledge and innovation for the benefit of the Australian community is enabled by our stakeholders, particularly those in the Australian research sector who are the immediate beneficiaries of our grant schemes, often in research partnerships with industry, government, the not-for-profit sector, and international organisations. A broad range of strategies and activities are used to support engagement with stakeholders to improve awareness and understanding of ARC programs and policies, and to effectively consult and collaborate across the higher education and research sectors. The ARC’s external communications strategy provides an overarching framework for engaging effectively with our external stakeholders – promoting the value of Australian research through communicating the outcomes and benefits of ARC-funded research; improving stakeholder awareness about the ARC’s programs, policies and activities; and effectively consulting and collaborating with stakeholders. The ARC strives to be adaptive, proactive and innovative as we engage with our stakeholders and the broader community. In the day-to-day running of the NCGP, and our research evaluation exercises, we work with researchers and research administrators in Australian universities. The effective running of our peer review processes depends heavily on the efforts of thousands of individuals who are drawn from the Australian and international research communities: from higher education, industry and public sector research organisations.
AUSTRALIAN RESEARCH COUNCIL Corporate Plan 2021–22
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