The objective of this audit is to assess the effectiveness of the Australian Research Council’s (ARC’s) administration of the National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP).

Audit criteria

The ANAO proposes to examine:

  1. Do the NCGP guidelines align with the Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines (CGRGs) and government objectives in relation to research and innovation?
  2. Do the ARC’s grant assessment processes comply with the NCGP guidelines?
  3. Has the ARC implemented effective monitoring, assurance, evaluation and reporting arrangements for the NCGP?