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National interest test ‘improving’, says council


ARC chief executive defends test for research applications, but review will help speed up process

The Australian Research Council says the operation of its controversial national interest test is “improving” and that researchers are being consulted on the scheme.

In a senate hearing on 10 November, Greens senator Mehreen Faruqi quizzed Judi Zielke, the ARC chief executive, about the operation of the NIT scheme. All applicants for grant funding from the council have to complete an NIT, in order to ensure their research covers topics of national relevance and interest.

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