Archive for the ‘Australian Research Council’ Category

Are the ARC Hopping Mad?

Posted: 12:12 pm on 4th May 2015

There’s an awful lot of drinking going on in the name of government funded research, however it seems the Australian taxpayer is the only one getting hammered in this round. Forget liver disease, heart disease, cancer, drink-driving and all the other negative effects of alcohol. The Australian Research Council (ARC) has been using its limited resources to focus on the more important aspects of public life: improving the taste of…

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Increasing Interest in Italy

Posted: 9:32 am on 9th April 2015

Remember when WasteWatch brought you news of the Australian Research Council’s interest in Machiavelli’s mates? Well don’t let yourself think that their interest in Italy is simply limited to that. Not at all. See, in reviewing the ARC’s Future Fellowships grants, WasteWatch has come across another inquiry into Italy. $850,784.00 has been granted in pursuit of finding out more about Catherine de Medici through her correspondence, and “promises an exciting new analysis of a…

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Agree to disagree…

Posted: 1:43 am on 25th March 2015

Here at WasteWatch we’ve been trawling through some older grants for projects that are due to finish this year, in order to look out for them over the course of 2015. The ARC’s five year plans have highlighted some curious ways to spend your money. One of particular interest is a $575,000 grant which started in 2011.  The project clarifies the problem it will solve: “Disagreements sometimes seem to be about…

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Dreaming of a Grant

Posted: 10:47 am on 6th March 2015

We bring you news of the Future Fellowships scheme. It claims to support research in areas of critical national importance by giving outstanding researchers incentives to conduct their research in Australia. With this in mind, here’s a five year grant from 2014 that has been awarded $843,142.00. Wowzer! It really must be critically and nationally important to warrant nearly one million dollars worth of funding. What could it be? Well…WasteWatch is…

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Friendly Feelings

Posted: 12:01 pm on 4th March 2015

I know at WasteWatch we go on about the ARC grants but they keep giving.  Now we love it when people get along, but a $179, 700 tax-payer funded investigation into being friendly is pushing it. Especially when the friends being investigated died 500 years ago and are from the Apennine peninsula. The grant gave one lucky researcher the chance to examine “concord among humanists, philosophers, theologians, poets and political writers during…

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Nasty Neighbours

Posted: 8:17 am on 23rd February 2015

It seems that friendliness and empathy are the à la mode topics at the Australian Reseach Council for 2015. Never one to be partisan though, the ARC obviously feel that in light of their forage into renaissance Italian mates and a quest for compassion, the scales of Lady Justice were balanced unevenly in favour of good vibes. To remedy this, they’ve granted $182,600 to learn about the negative aspects of being…

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Gluten-free at the ARC

Posted: 1:00 pm on 17th February 2015

The Australian Research Council’s obsession with China just keeps boomeranging back to us here at WasteWatch. There was the $183,000 spent researching the rural workers of China, a $133,514 grant to study Chinese prostitution, and who could forget $246,000 to gain greater insight into Chinese celebrity? Well, not wanting to buck the trend, the ARC have continued their intrepid exploration into all things Chinese, this time in the name of…

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The ARC’s curious interest in China

Posted: 10:16 am on 30th January 2015

Remember the recent $183,000 of your money the Australian Research Council gave to one lucky academic to study China’s rural migrant workers, in order to “demonstrate unequivocally that love and romance are far from ‘trivial’ for these individuals”? It seems the ARC has long had a curious interest in our great northern neighbour. However, two projects from back in 2009 indicate that the ARC may not have taken its responsibility to…

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Grantsmanship, part 2

Posted: 10:31 am on 21st January 2015

  The Australian Research Council is a pretty fertile hunting-ground for WasteWatch. The ARC have just released the details of their latest round of Discovery Project grants, which are designed to “deliver cultural, economic, social and environmental benefits to all Australians.” Sometimes this aspiration seems to be, as Hamlet said, more honoured in the breach than the observance. Of course, most of the projects deliver benefits to someone. For example, sensitive…

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Grantsmanship, part 1

Posted: 8:56 am on 19th January 2015

Ah, WasteWatch loves the smell of Australian Research Council grants in the morning! The ARC is supposed to support projects that have “cultural, economic, social and environmental benefits for all Australians.” Perhaps encouraged by reading our previous coverage of ARC grants, the incoming Abbott government promised to evaluate grant applications more thoroughly than previous governments. We think they still have a way to go. Not only must someone in the…

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