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Go8 Media Release : ARC results confirm Go8 status as Australia’s leading research intensive universities


Today’s Australian Research Council (ARC) funding round announced by the Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, commits $417 million across 989 projects to Australia’s world leading university research sector.

Go8 Chief Executive, Vicki Thomson, said that the Go8 had performed strongly in securing funding for 670 out of 989 projects announced today – including earning approximately 70% of funding allocated in each of the five major ARC schemes.

“The Go8’s consistent performance across the breadth of ARC programs – and particularly in the industry engaged Linkage scheme where we attracted 71% of the funding for 33 out of 48 projects – reflects our commitment to research across our annual investment in R&D of over $6.1 billion.

“Across the board, Go8 researchers deliver research that is both academically world leading and impactful for our partners across industry and the broader community. It is this strength that establishes the Go8 as a leading network of research intensive universities on the global stage.”

Go8 performance in ARC Major Grants Announcement – November 2016

Go8 to receive $286.2m (68.7% by value) across a total of 670 projects (67.7% by count):

·         Discovery Projects ($234.7m across 630 projects)

Go8 to receive 69.2% of funds ($162.3m) across 428 projects (67.9% by count);

·         Discovery Indigenous ($4.6m across 11 projects)
Go8 to receive 69.5% of funds ($3.2m) across 7 projects (63.6% by count);

·         DECRA ($71.7m across 200 projects).
Go8 to receive 67.3% of funds ($48.2m) across 134 projects (67.0% by count);

·         Future Fellowships ($77.0m across 100 projects)
Go8 to receive 67.7% of funds ($52.2m) across 68 projects (68.0% by count);

·         LIEF ($28.6m across 48 projects)
Go8 to receive 70.7% of funds ($20.2m) across 33 projects (68.8% by count).


Contact:               Vicki Thomson, Group of Eight Chief Executive on +61 417 808 472


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