Government intervention strips $4M from humanities researchers

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The Australian Academy of the Humanities today expressed its shock and anger at the news that former Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, personally intervened to strip the nation’s humanities researchers of over $4M in funding that had been approved through a world-renowned peer review process of funding. During the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee estimates hearing yesterday, …

National Research Infrastructure: Alarming news for humanities, arts and social sciences

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The Australian Academy of the Humanities has today called on the Government to explain its proposed investment in Platforms for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) as part of the Research Infrastructure Investment Plan. The 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap clearly recognised Platforms for HASS and Indigenous research as one of nine priority areas for investment under the Research …

National Research Infrastructure: Investing in Australia’s Future

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The Australian Academy of the Humanities welcomes the commitment from the 2018 Federal Budget to implement the Research Infrastructure Investment Plan. The Plan directs investment in current and future platforms, assets and facilities as prioritised in the 2016 Research Infrastructure Roadmap. A national, integrated platform for humanities, arts, social sciences (HASS) and Indigenous research is one of nine priority areas. …

Next steps in unlocking Australia’s social and cultural data

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Digital and big data developments are transforming possibilities for understanding Australian society and culture, enabling unprecedented research into our history and heritage, our place in the region, and the way we live now and into the future. Yet Australia’s unique social and cultural data and the source material required for research – such as artefacts, field notes, film, oral recordings …

Thinking of applying for an ARC Centre of Excellence?

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The Australian Research Council’s (ARC) Centres of Excellence is the flagship program for building focal points of research expertise on areas of national importance. In the last three rounds, the ARC has awarded just over $824 million to 34 Centres. The scale of the program and funding ($31.5M on average in 2017) drives critical mass and collaboration at scale and …

New funding for humanities futures

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The Australian Academy of the Humanities is delighted to have been awarded funding by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council’s Linkage Learned Academies Special Projects (LASP) 2017 scheme for the Future Humanities Workforce project. The project will focus on early career development, gender equity, and will identify the skills and knowledge priorities for future research environments in the …

Improving access to Australia’s Research

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The National Scholarly Communications Forum (NSCF) provides an opportunity to exchange information on changes and challenges to the context and structures of scholarly communication in Australia. Since 1993, the Forum has bought together Australia’s Research Councils, libraries, Government Departments and agencies, Learned Academies, national cultural and archive institutions and universities to explore these issues. The latest Forum event was held …

Backing Australia’s research excellence

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The Australian Academy of the Humanities rejected claims in the media today challenging the integrity of the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the funding of research projects. “The ARC has a rigorous merit-based process for allocating competitive research funding”, said Professor John Fitzgerald FAHA, President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. “Independent expert assessment provides the integrity for which …

Critical research infrastructure at risk

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The Australian Academy of the Humanities today warned that the capacity of Australian researchers to contribute to national innovation is at risk through a funding crisis threatening critical research infrastructure. “The National Library of Australia’s ‘Trove’ is an outstanding example of Australian ingenuity which has transformed the research system,” said Professor John Fitzgerald FAHA, President of the Academy. Trove provides …