Submission to the Australian Research Council and Department of Education

On 13 May 2024 the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia made a submission to the Policy Review of the National Competitive Grants Program.

Australia’s social science researchers are highly reliant on the National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP) as an essential and primary source of competitive funding for their research.

Current funding structures have facilitated the emergence of a strong and vibrant research ecosystem and contributed to the growth of Australia’s research and innovation capacity. However, the NCGP has become overly complex, and this review provides an important opportunity for a full-scale redesign of the purpose, objectives and processes of the NCGP.

The Academy submission makes nine recommendations to support the ARC across the following areas:

  • Guiding objectives of the NCGP
  • Research translation
  • Monitoring and evaluation the program and funding schemes
  • Support for basic research
  • A strong and diverse research workforce

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