Programme 2.5 Investment in Higher Education Research

Programme 2.5 aims to drive quality, excellence, collaboration, diversity and sustainability throughout the higher education research sector, which in turn stimulates economic growth.

The objectives of programme 2.5 are to underpin the production and use of research knowledge through:

  • sustaining a world-class higher education research system that values quality, collaboration, transparency, and accountability
  • attracting high-quality domestic and international students to provide the skilled research workforce of the future.

Research Block Grants

The components of Programme 2.5 that contributed to achieving the objectives during 2014‑15 are:

  • Research Training Scheme
  • Australian Postgraduate Awards
  • International Postgraduate Research Scholarships
  • Joint Research Engagement Scheme
  • Research Infrastructure Block Grants
  • Sustainable Research Excellence.

Funding is provided through these schemes to enable universities to support the research process and to train research students. The Research Training Scheme supports students undertaking higher degrees by research at the masters and PhD level. The Australian Postgraduate Awards provide living allowance stipends to postgraduate research students and International Postgraduate Research Scholarships cover the costs of research tuition fees and health insurance.

The Sustainable Research Excellence and Research Infrastructure Block Grants support the indirect costs associated with conducting research funded by Australian competitive grants and the Joint Research Engagement scheme encourages collaborative research between universities, industry and other end users of research.

Performance Information

Table 10: Programme 2.5 Investment in Higher Education Research performance information
Deliverables Estimate Actual
Provision of support for new and existing research training
Number of commencing Australian Postgraduate Awards allocateda Up to 3,500 3,499
Number of commencing International Postgraduate Research Scholarships allocateda 330 330

a The data for this deliverable is by calendar year e.g. the 2014–15 data relates to the 2014 calendar year.

Key Performance Indicators Estimate Actual
Sustained research performance, transparency and accountability of Australian higher education providers
Number of higher education providers receiving support for research  41 41
Sustained number of students completing higher degrees by research
Number of higher education providers receiving support for research training  41 41
The Equivalent Full-time Student Load supported by the Research Training Scheme a  21,500 26,293
Number of higher degree by research student completions a  7,400 9,556

a The data for this deliverable is by calendar year e.g. the 2014–15 data relates to the 2014 calendar year.

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