The ARC acknowledges that it does not normally fund health and medical research through its competitive funding schemes, and has modified its policy to clarify applications that are eligible or ineligible for ARC support. Below is an extract of the announcement for eligible and ineligible research.
Research eligible for ARC support:
Research in bioengineering, where the goal is to advance engineering knowledge by applying engineering principles to problems that may ultimately have medical applications; or,
research in the natural sciences, where the goal is the fundamental understanding of biological processes or the development of knowledge and/or technology platforms, that may ultimately have medical applications; or,
research (including observational research) where the goal is the understanding of normal human life stages (e.g. infancy, childhood, adolescence and ageing) and/or traits using human participants or populations, unless it involves a health intervention; or,
the use or development of equipment, facilities, tools, games, devices, smart phone applications or other items to support eligible research as listed above.
Research ineligible for ARC support:
Research with human health and/or medical goals, including research on the understanding, aetiology, diagnosis, monitoring, management or treatment of physical or mental disease or other health conditions in humans; or,
research involving the use or development of animal models of human health conditions, or the use of animals for the development or testing of therapeutic goods (including devices) or procedures, for the purpose of better understanding human health or developing treatments for human health conditions; or,
interventional research in humans, particularly clinical or pre-clinical trials of therapeutic goods (including devices), or research aiming to modify the health of the human participants; or,
the use or development of equipment, facilities, tools, games, devices, smart phone applications or other items to understand, diagnose, monitor, manage or treat human health conditions.