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Grant to boost ACU research awareness

A grant from the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) has been awarded to ACU.

The $75,000 grant will enable the University to develop a framework in order to raise awareness of the University’s research within the global community.  

Currently, research findings are generally published and available to the discipline community of scholars. The ARK project (ACU Research Knowledge) will provide a direct, electronic pathway to ACU research data ensuring it is readily discoverable by the global community. 

ACU researchers will benefit through ARK’s improved data management system and by the dissemination of their valuable research to the national and international community. The project will also increase awareness of the value of research being conducted at the University. 

Dean of Research, Professor Patrick Heaven, said the project will lead to an improved governance framework for research data management and facilitate ACU compliance with new government reporting requirements.

“Research at ACU is focused on meaningful life changing outcomes that impact our world. This project provides ACU with high quality information about its research and more knowledge as to the breadth, depth, viability and accessibility of the research being conducted” he said. 

“This improved management project will allow for the value of research at ACU to be widely seen by stakeholders and to be recognised within the research sector.” 

ACU researchers will receive increased support through an effective data management and access plan and the project will allow for increased collaborative opportunities both internally and with external stakeholders. 

ARK is a collaboration between ACU’s Research Services, Library and IT and comes as part of the University’s investment in resources and staff to strategically grow its research. 

“Research at ACU is expanding rapidly and is likely to experience its biggest growth over the next few years,” said Professor Thomas Martin, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research). 

“Since 2009 the research budget has more than doubled, and this investment has resulted in substantial increases in research publications and research income and these important research metrics are continuing to rise.

“As the University’s research capacity grows, ARK will become a vital progression for research management.”