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Research agency struggling to measure success

The Australian Research Council has failed to meet or measure at least five of its annual performance targets due largely to budget constraints, according to the agency’s annual report.

Although the federal agency was able to meet the majority of its targets, it had no funds to commission an independent survey to track the impact and influence of ARC-funded research. The ARC has escaped major funding cuts in recent years but its $906 million budget has not kept pace with inflation. 

The report acknowledges that the ARC has been unable to measure “evidence of impact” of its $528.8 million Discovery grants programme for the past four years due to lack of resources.

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