Australian Research Council Corporate Plan 2021–22



What the ARC does with its resources to fulfil its purpose

Applied research

Research that aims to address real-world problems by applying existing research theories or practices in a novel or innovative way Research that contributes to understanding the world through discoveries and the creation of new knowledge, theories and practices

Basic research

College of Experts

Qualified and experienced individuals who possess extensive peer review experience

Early career researcher

Researchers who have held a PhD or equivalent qualification for a period less than or equal to 5 years at the time of their application


Australian Government’s whole-of-government grants information system,

National Science and Research Priorities

Nine research priority areas identified by the Australian Government which are Food, Soil and Water, Transport, Cybersecurity, Energy, Resources, Advanced Manufacturing, Environmental Change and Health. Each priority has a number of practical challenges


Benefits or changes to individuals or populations resulting from ARC activities


Direct products of ARC activities, for example, grants

Partner Organisations

National or international organisations that satisfy the eligibility criteria for partner organisations under the NCGP including business, industry, not-for-profit, government and international higher education organisations

Peer review

Evaluation of research applications by experts, usually in the same research discipline


The strategic objective(s) that the agency intends to pursue over the reporting period

Success rates

The number of awards made per gender group in a year or funding round as a percentage of the total number of applications for the relevant gender group. Withdrawn applications are excluded.

Unique individuals

A single, named researcher participating on an NCGP grant

Australian Research Council / CORPORATE PLAN 2021–22


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