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1 ARC Applications: What Matters Peter Fairbrother, Social, Behavioural and Economic Panel, College of Experts (ARC) and Centre for Sustainable Organisations and Work, RMIT University. Date: Friday, 6 December 2013

2 RMIT University© Schemes 1.Discovery – DP 2.Early Career Researcher – DECRA 3.Indigenous – IN 4.Linked - LP1 5.Fellowships – different ones

3 2012/13 Assessment The 2012 SBE panel processed: 1.DP – IN – 11 3.DECRA – Future Fellows RMIT University© SBE 2013: 1.Average number of readers = 3 2.Cross panel assessment more common 3.Never moved out of the A/B range for allocations 4.Increased recognition of ROPE – discussed and even voted on by panel.

4 RMIT University© Overview 1: Participants – roles and activities 1.Panel members: allocate Readers 2.Readers – specialised and detailed 3.Readers – letter assessment 4.Panel members: moderate and rank 5.Panel Meeting: April and August – allocate 6.Panel members: feedback to ARC on procedure and process

5 RMIT University© A Outstanding: Of the highest quality and at the forefront of research in the field. Approximately 10% of Proposals should receive ratings in this band. Recommended Unconditionally B Excellent: High quality research and a strongly competitive Proposal. Approximately 15% of Proposals should receive ratings in this band. Strongly support recommendation of funding C Very Good: An interesting, sound and compelling Proposal. Approximately 20% of Proposals should receive rating in this band. Support recommendation of funding with reservation D Good: A sound research Proposal, but lacks a compelling element. Approximately 35% of Proposals are likely to fall into this band. Unsupportive of recommending for funding E Uncompetitive: The Proposal is uncompetitive and has significant weaknesses or more fatal flaws. Approximately 20% of Proposals are likely to fall into this band. Not recommended for funding

6 Discovery/DECRA/IN Projects Selection Criteria DP a. Investigator(s) 40% b. Project Quality and Innovation 25% c. Feasibility and Benefit 20% d. Research Environment 15% RMIT University© DECRA a. 35% b. 40% c. 10% d. 15% IN a. 35% b. 40% c. 10% d. 15%

7 Project Introduction Aims and subject Background Significance and innovation, Method (in the tightest and manageable way) Timetable etc. RMIT University©

8 Investigators DP = 40% DECRA = 35% IN = 35% LP = 20% Partners: Linkage RMIT University©

9 Feasibility and Benefit RMIT University© DP = 20%, DECRA = 10%, IN = 10% Feasibility Plan of work Budget – value Networks Benefit Outcomes Intellectual gain Policy relevance/National priorities

10 Research Environment RMIT University© DP and IN = 15%, DECRA = 10%, IN = 10% Centre/School: intellectual activity/support Faculty: research focus/support University – mission and objectives Make a case that will be read Have others read.

11 Partners: Linkage Involve in approach and method History Evidence of actual involvement, consultation Outcome that is not consultancy RMIT University©

12 Future Fellowships: 2013 Distinguished and assessed according to level: –FT1 147 applications – award 24 and 4 reserves –FT2 109 applications – award 18 and 2 reserves –FT3 53 applications – award 9 and 4 reserves ROPE explicitly taken into account in these assessments, by the panel members although not always by readers RMIT University©

13 FF a. Candidate 40% b. Project Quality and Innovation 35% c. Strategic Alignment 15% d. Collaboration Outreach 10%

14 RMIT University© 1.Divide preparation into parts: a.Investigator b.Research Environment c.Project i.Feasibility and benefit for Discovery ii.Details of links for Linkage 2.Give time to each one.. Procedures


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