Not many new ARC Future Fellows

Yesterday’s grant announcements were in-line with recent years, but that will be scant comfort to the vast majority of applicants

Geography: NSW (40) Vic (31) and the ACT (six) accounted for three quarters of awards. WA had two (both Curtin U), less than U Tasmania (three)

Fields of research: Awards to engineering made up a fraction less of 20 per cent of all grants (19), followed by biology(15) and physical sciences (ten), with chemistry (eight) – hard sciences had over half the awards. At the end, Indigenous Studies, creative arts, economics, education and law had fine between them

Success rate: Just 16 per cent of applications are funded. Maybe the others should pal up with industry partners. The success rate for the most recent Linkage round was 29 per cent.