Information regarding reporting for researchers undertaking ARC research grants

ARC Reporting

As a condition of award, ARC grants holders are required to submit Exception Reports on Progress (if applicable) and a Final Report on cessation of the grant.

Reporting Requirements Form

For ARC-funded projects active in 2014

ARC REPORTING

As a condition of award, ARC grants holders are required to submit Progress Reports and a Final Report on cessation of the grant.

FOR ARC-FUNDED PROJECTS ACTIVE IN 2014

The ARC reporting requirements have recently changed.  Progress reports are now required for all ARC-funded projects active in 2014.

2014 PROGRESS REPORTS

All project leaders of UoN-administered ARC projects that were active in 2014 must complete a Progress Report.  To assist with this procedure, the Research Office has created a Progress Report Template for the project leader to complete.  The Research Office will submit the Progress report to the ARC on your behalf.  The Template must be emailed to Rebecca Ford by Monday 16 February 2015. Earlier submission is strongly encouraged.

The Research Accounting Team will forward all Project Leaders a current financial report to enable completion of this form. If you require further financial details, please contact your Faculty Research Accounting team member.

A Progress Report must indicate whether there are any significant issues that affected the progress of the project in 2014.

These include:

  • Project was delayed as it was transferred during the reporting period.
  • Approved change to work hours (%FTE) for a named Investigator on the Project resulted in changes to the end date.
  • Due to personal reasons member/s of the research team had to take time off the Project to attend to personal health/carer matters.
  • Issues with Partner Organisation such as: contributions not yet received; change in staff; change in structure; Organisation left or joined the Project.
  • Changes within the research team, such as: Personnel left or joined the team.
  • The scope/budget of the Project was altered to include/exclude tasks listed in the Proposal.
  • Equipment issues have delayed the Project during the reporting period.
  • Fieldwork issues have caused a significant delay to the Project during the reporting period.

Please note: The report must certified by the Lead CI by typing their name, dating the end of the report and emailing it to Rebecca Ford. A signature is not required. Each Progress Report will be checked by the Research Office for compliance and to ensure additional post-award variations are not required.

VARIATION TO FUNDING AGREEMENT (VFA)

A VFA request must be submitted for changes to Investigators, Organisations or other issues as indicated in the Funding Agreement. If a VFA has already been submitted and approved, and the change has not affected the progress of the Project, a reason will not have to be entered on the form.  If the progress was affected, the reason must be submitted even if a VFA was approved.

For further information please refer to: http://www.arc.gov.au/applicants/variation.htm


CARRYOVER OF FUNDS / PROJECT EXTENSION

To carryover any unspent ARC funds from 2014 into 2015 and/or to extend the end date of an ARC project, a Carryover/Extension Form needs to be completed.

CHECKING WHETHER THE PROJECT HAS FUNDS TO CARRYOVER

The information to determine if a project has funds to carryover into 2014 can be obtained from TechnologyOne Financials by following the below steps:

  1. Click on the Reports tab in the menu bar
  2. Select Faculty/Division Financial Reports Current
  3. Select CC01 - Cost Collector -Year to Date
  4. Click on Run tab in menu bar, then
  5. Enter Cost Collector No. (10.8xxxx) into Entity / Cost Collector, change Cost Collector Type to Research
  6. Click Run tab of the 'CC01 Cost Collector - Year to Date' box to run the financial report

Alternatively the appropriate Faculty Research Accounting team member can assist with this information.

CARRYOVER/EXTENSION FORMS

All carryover amounts and extensions of the end dates will be sent to the ARC for approval. The reason for carryover must be selected.

In addition to the code/s, the ARC requires a more detailed explanation in the following circumstances:

  1. When there is a request to carryover 75% or more of the total 2014 ARC allocation
  2. When there is a request to carryover the unspent portion of a previous year's carryover funding (+ 12 months carryover) , i.e. A carryover form may have been previously submitted for this project.

The completed Carryover/Extension Form should be provided to Research Services at the same time as the 2014 Progress Report.

The Carryover/Extension Form should be emailed to Rebecca Ford by Monday 16 February 2014.

Unless Research Services contacts the lead investigator for further information, it can be assumed the carryover request has been approved.


Final Reports

Final Reports for Discovery (FT, DP, DI) and Linkage programs (LP, LX, LAPDC, LIEF) and earlier programs (LRG, RF, IRD, SPIRT, IREX, RIEF) are completed and submitted through RMS.

Details for submitting ARC Final Reports can be found on the Final Report page on the ARC website.

Final Report Instructions (DOC 1.4MB) can be downloaded from the ARC.

Information in the Final Reports for ARC-funded projects is used by the ARC to determine whether the project has reached satisfactory completion. If a Final Report is deemed inadequate, the Lead CI or Fellow will be contacted for further information. If the ARC is not satisfied with the outcomes of the Project, this will be noted against any further project applications under any ARC scheme submitted by, or on behalf of, the Lead CI or Fellow and will be taken into account in the assessment of those applications.

Applications under any ARC Program submitted by, or on behalf of, a Lead CI or Fellow on a Project for which the Final Report is outstanding will be deemed ineligible. If your Final Report is not appearing in RMS because the Scheme form has not been made available by the ARC, this will not affect your eligibility when applying for future grants.

If you have any questions regarding reporting please do not hesitate to contact Shai Pritchard via email or phone on (02) 4985 4902.