The Australian Research Council (ARC) is a statutory agency within the Australian Government's Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education portfolio. The ARC advises the Government on research matters, manages the National Competitive Grants Program, a significant component of Australia's investment in research and development, and has responsibility for the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative.
The ARC's mission is to deliver policy and programs that advance Australian research and innovation globally and benefit the community.
In seeking to achieve its mission, the ARC supports the highest-quality fundamental and applied research and research training through national competition across all disciplines, with the exception of clinical medicine and dentistry. In addition, the ARC brokers partnerships between researchers and industry, government, community organisations and the international community.
The ARC is the primary source of advice to the Government on investment in the national research effort. The ARC:
•supports the highest quality research and research training through national competition in all fields of science, social sciences and the humanities.
•brokers partnerships between researchers and industry, government, community organisations and the international community.
ARC funding programs come under the umbrella of the National Competitive Grants Program. The ARC Discovery programs fund individual researchers and projects.