In response to the Implementation of the National Science and Research Priorities under the Australian Research Council’s National Competitive Grants Program Review, ASSA makes the following four recommendations to enhance the ARC grant allocation processes.
1. That the ARC engage ASSA to undertake a further investigation into the distribution of research funding, and research activity and performance, which encompasses:
- Research grant patterns across all disciplines.
- Discipline matching data in peer review.
- Cost of publication or citation by discipline for ARC grant funded research.
- Any wider research available in Australia or overseas on matters of conscious and unconscious bias in application and selection systems.
2. That the ARC acknowledge the need for the development of a broader set of metrics that better reflects the public value of innovation in all its forms. ASSA is available to assist in this task.
3. That the ARC develop a protocol for the continued usage of standard impact metrics including the following criteria:
- Recognition of books and book chapters.
- Weighting co-authorship of journal articles on a proportional basis.
- Consideration of the effect on articles in journals which publish at a higher rate proportionally.
- Introduction of interdisciplinary ‘exchange rates’ or similar to account for the impact of comparative disadvantages inherent within cross-disciplinary comparisons.
4. That the ARC continue to refine the definition of the National Interest Test, in consultation with the Learned Academies and their expert Fellows.
To view the Academy’s complete submission, click ASSA – NSRP Review Submission – 240519