In 2010 the Academy was awarded funding under the Australian Research Council Linkage - Learned Academies Special Projects scheme for a project to develop new activities to support professional development, closer collaboration, improved research application outcomes, and policy research in the humanities.
The Humanities Connections project aims to enhance the effectiveness of Australian humanities research by improving connections between emerging scholars and senior figures; research policy experts and those responsible for humanities development; and scholars in fields likely to benefit most from a concerted effort to develop national networks.
In March 2011 the Humanities Connections project sponsored a workshop
which brought together leading researchers to discuss the establishment
of a professional association for the digital humanities in our region. The association staged its inaugural conference, Digital Humanities Australasia 2012: Building, Mapping, Connecting
, 28-30 March 2012 at the Australian National University. The Humanities Connections project funded travel bursaries for early career researchers to present at the conference and participate in associated workshops.
The project has also supported a series of discipline workshops at the Academy's annual Symposia in 2011 and 2012; and provided support for a meeting of Australian University Heads of English
in 2012 and 2013.
The project is being led by Professor Joseph Lo Bianco AM FAHA, Emeritus Professor Graeme Clarke AO FAHA and Dr Christina Parolin.