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The ARC has an important role in advancing diversity and inclusion in Australia’s research workforce, particularly in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Through the research workforce policy framework, the ARC uses eligibility and assessment criteria to facilitate equitable access to the NCGP for eligible researchers, particularly those in under-represented groups, including women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers. The ARC’s commitment to equity and diversity encompasses all ARC business activities.

ARC College of Expert members, who are experts of international standing, have a key role in identifying research excellence through the ARC’s peer review processes. Experts from Industry, Civil Society and other sectors are included in the application review process as needed to ensure that research aligns with policy outcomes and funding entity expectations.

The ARC facilitates a community of peer reviewers who continue to provide their expertise, time, and commitment to ensure the continuity of our robust peer review process which underpins the NCGP. Each year, these reviewers submit around 20,000 assessments providing an outstanding service to the ARC and greater research community.

We have access to a database of over 7,000 peer reviewers who takes part in our assessment processes.

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