Zero sum game for ARC funding: Linkage up, Discovery down

Dan Tehan is a big fan of applied research – there’s $30m million more that proves it

The education minister has allocated an extra $30m of Australian Research Council money to its Linkage Programme, “which funds research into areas of national priority and applies advanced knowledge to problems.”

The transferred funds are to, “to drive innovation and support Australia’s COVID-19 recovery.”

The funds come from ARC’s Discovery Programme, which is now $42m down this calendar year.  In January Mr Tehan cut $12m from Discovery to fund a research programme for Australian society, history and culture (CMM January 28). The 2020-21 budget allocation for Discovery is $484m.