The network operates with two schemes of funding - The Working Group Projects(WGPs) and the Early Career Researcher Projects (ECRs).
Working Group Projects aim at funding projects up to a maximum of 3 years intent on bringing scientists from around the world to engage in multidisciplinary projects to address the themes of the network - impact on biodiversity of global climate change, geo-historical processes, and human arrival. To date the network has funded thirteen WGPs to the value of close to half a million dollars over three calls for funding.
Project proposals are rated according to the following criteria:
- Does the proposed activity help define the important big questions on Australia's biodiversity and its management?
- Does it develop novel approaches, techniques and readily accessible data sources to better equip the research community to answer such questions?
- Will it promote a culture of synthesis and collaboration, bringing together researchers and facilities across disciplines to form new synergies?
- Will the immediate benefits of the new collaborations be realised in the form of novel large-scale collaborative grant applications that are competitive nationally and internationally (applications that would not have occurred or would have occurred in less ambitious form without the network)?
- Does it provide opportunities for ECRs to gain broader experience of research teams and facilities nationally and internationally and to engage in research initiatives in a more strategic way?
- Will it produce research outputs that are synthetic works appearing in leading journals and with a high potential to influence research directions in our respective disciplines?
- Will the activity interface with resource management agencies to capture their knowledge needs and to communicate the value to management of the understanding generated from the proposed activity?
Original objectives of the ARC grant application
Working Group Projects funded by the Network to meet objectives
Below is the financial summary of projects mentioned above illustrating the proportion of investment relating to the National Research Priorities.
|Environmentally Sustainable Australia||$||%|
|Water - a critical resource||118,646||11|
|Overcoming soil loss, salinity and acidity||5,795||0.6|
|Sustainable use of Australia's biodiversity||474,126||46|
|Developing deep earth resources||3,940||0.4|
|Protecting Australia from invasive diseases and pests||6,400||0.6|
|Responding to climate change and variability||259,366||25|
|Understanding our region and the world||119,103||11|
|Frontier Technologies for Building and Transforming Australian Industries|
|Smart information use||46,200||4.4|
*Excludes funding apportioned toward the ECR scheme ($295,490).