ARC Chief Executive Officer, Professor Sue Thomas, has welcomed Minister for Education and Youth the Hon Alan Tudge MP’s approval of additional projects recommended for funding through the ARC’s 2022 Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) and 2021 ARC Future Fellowships schemes.

Professor Thomas said the projects were amongst 32 projects initially ruled ineligible in their grants rounds due to the inclusion of preprints in their applications—which was not allowed under the rules of their funding scheme in place at the time.

The outcome of the ARC Appeals Committee was to rule them eligible, which meant that 6 projects that had been ranked highly in the ARC’s grants assessment process were then able to be recommended for funding by the ARC CEO.

“Taking the ARC Appeals Committee ruling into account, I recommended these 6 applications to the Minister for funding as additional grants under their applicable schemes, and these have now been approved, and their important research can get underway,” said Professor Thomas.