Why participate in SRE?
Universities have argued for many years that the funding provided through schemes such as those on the Australian Competitive Grant (ACG) Register is insufficient to cover the full cost of doing research.
The Sustainable Research Excellence (SRE) initiative has been introduced by the Federal Government to help address the gap in funding for the indirect costs of ACG research.
The funding available under SRE recognises that to achieve research excellence on a sustainable basis, universities need to be able to manage their resources strategically and plan for research performance over time.
The funding available under SRE will therefore help the University of Adelaide to provide ongoing infrastructure and support services for its research community and enable strategic investments in research infrastructure.
|Improved support in meeting the indirect costs of research will mean our researchers have more time and capacity to focus on their core business: research.|
In order to be eligible for the millions of dollars in funding, the University must participate in the SRE Transparent Costing exercises.
Under Transparent Costing, the University is required to complete:
- A significant survey of Staff Hours, and
- A financial data analysis exercise.
The University is required by the Department for Innovation, Industry, Science & Research (DIISR) to achieve at least a 67% response rate for the Staff Hours survey.
Under-participation will directly jeopardise the University’s chance of achieving a strong funding allocation.