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These Funding Rules promote research in areas of critical national importance by giving outstanding researchers incentives to conduct their research in Australia. The aim of Future Fellowships is to attract and retain the best and brightest mid-career researchers.
Administered by: Education, Skills and Employment
Registered 07 Dec 2011
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR07-Feb-2012
Tabled Senate07-Feb-2012

EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

 

Funding Rules made under section 60 of the Australian Research Council Act 2001

 

Future Fellowships Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2012

 

Issued by the authority of the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research

 

 

Subject:                       Australian Research Council Act 2001

                                    Future Fellowships Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2012

 

Authority

Section 60 of the Australian Research Council Act 2001 (the Act) provides that the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research must approve ARC funding rules. 

 

Purpose and effect

Future Fellowships is a scheme funded under the Australian Research Council’s National Competitive Grants Program. The scheme aims to: attract and retain outstanding mid-career researchers; build collaboration across industry and/or research institutions and/or disciplines; support research in national priorities across all disciplines that will result in economic, environmental, social, health or cultural benefits for Australia; and strengthen Australia’s research capacity by supporting innovative, internationally competitive research.

 

In accordance with subsection 59 (2) of the Act, the Future Fellowships Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2012 contain:

 

(a)        the eligibility criteria to be met in order for a proposal to be approved for financial assistance (including criteria relating to the kinds of organisation that may receive assistance and the kinds of research program in respect of which assistance may be provided);

(b)        how to apply for financial assistance;

(c)        the assessment process for deciding which proposals will be recommended for approval;

(d)       the ways in which, and circumstances in which, a funding approval may be varied; and

(e)        any additional accountability requirements that the ARC thinks desirable.

 

In accordance with subsection 59 (2) of the Act, the Future Fellowships Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2011 take account of, and are consistent with:

(a)        the funding cap for the year, or each of the years, to which the rules apply; and

(b)        the funding split determination for the year, or each of the years, to which the rules apply.

 

The Future Fellowships Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2011 were approved by the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, the Hon Kim Carr MP, on 10 February 2011. No amendments have been made.

 

Documents incorporated by reference

The following documents are incorporated by reference:

  • the NHMRC/ARC/UA Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2007) (see subsection 11.1 of the rules); the NHMRC/ARC/AVCC National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007); and codes on animal research promulgated by the NHMRC available from (www.nhmrc.gov.au);
  • National Principles of Intellectual Property Management for Publicly Funded Research (see subsection 15.4 of the rules), available from (www.arc.gov.au); and

 

 

 

 

 

Commencement

The Future Fellowships Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2012 shall take effect upon registration on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments.

 

Explanation of provisions: provision by provision description

 

Section 1 provides the name of the Funding Rules.

 

Section 2 provides the commencement details.

 

Section 3 provides interpretations of the definitions.

 

Section 4 provides an overview and outlines the Future Fellowships scheme, selection criteria, targeted priority areas and strategic statement.

 

Section 5 deals with level and period of funding, details of budget items and research/activities not supported.

 

Section 6 deals with organisational types, roles and eligibility.  

 

Section 7 outlines the role and eligibility for the future fellow.

           

Section 8 deals with salary levels.

 

Section 9 outlines the number of proposals, funded projects and cross-scheme eligibility.   

 

Section 10 outlines eligibility exemption.  

 

Section 11 deals with the details for submission of proposals including closing time for proposals and conflict of interest.

 

Section 12 outlines the selection and approval process.

 

Section 13 deals with the appeals process.

 

Section 14 outlines reporting requirements including progress reports, end of year reports, final report and audited financial statement.

 

Section 15 outlines fundamental principles for conducting research including ethics and research practices, applicable law, confidentiality, intellectual property and incomplete or misleading information.  

 

There is one appendix:

 

Appendix A.   Eligible Organisations