Australian Research Council
The Australian Research Council (ARC) is a Commonwealth entity within the Australian Government. The ARC advises the Government on research matters and administers the National Competitive Grants Programme, a significant component of Australia’s investment in research and development. Through Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) the ARC is also tasked with identifying excellence in research, by comparing Australia’s university research effort against international benchmarks, creating incentives to improve the quality of research and identifying emerging research areas and opportunities for further development. The ARC’s mission is to deliver policy and programmes 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. Clinical and other medical research is primarily supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council. In addition, the ARC encourages partnerships between researchers and industry, government, community organisations and the international community.