Relax HASS

The learned Research Whisperer wondered what is going on with ARC Linkage Grants, pointing to a programme reference on the federal government’s Grant Connect site where STEM is described as “a primary category” and HASS “secondary”. “Have I misread the rules, has there been a change of policy?” Research Whisperer asked.

The HASS community is having a bad May. Last week peak bodies were outraged when they discovered they would get access to a couple of million dollars from the government’s $1.9bn research infrastructure plan announced last week. But no, it turns out HASS is not lesser for Linkages, that it is a form-design issue. “Rest assured, all fields of research remain equally regarded and important,” the ARC advises.


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