ACDE Report on Educational Funding Research Trends released
The Australian Educational Research Funding Trends Report can now be downloaded at Final Report – Review of Category 1 Grants Project.
The report presents a stocktake and review of Category 1 grants1 in educational research in Australia from 2009-2017.
The focus of the review centred on the Field of Research (FoR) codes, which are most successful in terms of securing Category 1 grants in educational research, the amount of funding provided, common themes and gaps and the extent of transdisciplinary and collaborative research in education.
The stocktake and review revealed the following significant findings:
- The Australian Research Council is the principal funding source for Category 1 educational
research projects in Australia;
- 130313 (Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators) is the most
successful Field of Research code at the six-digit level and 1303 (Specialist Studies in
Education) at the four-digit level. However, there has been a downward trend since 2015
in success (in obtaining Category 1 funding) across all education and closely related
education Fields of Research codes;
- The Group of Eight (Go8) Universities are the dominant administering universities of
Category 1 funding in educational research. The Regional Universities Network has
performed particularly poorly revealing a substantial gap between metropolitan and
- Connections with Australia’s national research and science priorities and global
megatrends are weak, identifying a significant gap in educational research in Australia;
- There is a significant correlation between an academic’s gender (as the lead chief
investigator or project leader) and their university grouping in obtaining Category 1
funding in education. Male academics at Go8 universities have the most success, whereas
women who either work at Go8 universities or have no university grouping are less
successful in obtaining and leading Category 1 grants. Again, this signals a significant
metropolitan-regional divide; and
- Nearly one-third of all projects had no partners, which, given the new emphasis on
university and industry-focused research is a concern for educational research in
Australia. The results revealed the Victorian Department of Education and Training as the
leading non-university partner across all projects, demonstrating a significant
commitment of the Victorian Government towards educational research in Australia.
The Report data can be accessed here.