Researchers welcome national funding agency review process

The Australian Research Council (ARC), the national body responsible for administering non-medical research funding, will be reformed in a development welcomed by the research community after grant delays and longstanding accusations of political interference, writes Donna Lu for The Guardian Australia.

The federal education minister, Jason Clare, on Tuesday 30 August announced a review of the agency, which administers around AU$800 million (US$544 million) in funding each year to Australian researchers.

A Senate committee found in March that the ARC Act “may no longer be fit for purpose” and recommended a review of the agency in light of “broader concerns about the ARC and its governance and research funding processes”. The Senate inquiry was held after widespread condemnation of a decision last year by the Coalition MP Stuart Robert, then the acting education minister, to veto funding for six ARC research grants in the humanities.
Full report on the Guardian Australia site