Ne plus ultra at the ARC

In Senate estimates back in March Senator Pratt (Labor-WA) asked the Australian Research Council what it thought of calls from 1000 researchers to improve the grant process

Not a lot, it seemed, with ARC chief Sue Thomas saying the council engaged with researchers and research offices on improvements. “We will work through our normal processes,” she added (CMM March 29).

But Professor Thomas took the question on notice to provide a detailed response. Which the ARC has duly done reporting that with regard to requests for a “fairer, more efficient system for responding to peer review,” “the ARC has not received advice from Research Offices that the process is overly burdensome or any requests from Research Offices to remove the process. Feedback from Australasian Research Management Society members confirmed that the process is fit for purpose.”