Research Data Australia has a custom search interface for research activities including grants, programs, and projects. This discovery service includes grant information from  Australia's principal research funders as well as project descriptions from some institutions and agencies. These descriptions can include connections to related datasets and publications.

This search facility can be useful in a number of scenarios including:

Accessing the service

The Research Grants and Projects search service can be accessed from Research Data Australia via the 'Explore' menu option - 'Grants and Projects' or via Advanced Search.

There is also a Research Activities API which allows machines to interrogate this same grant information. This machine interface is used by some institutional repository systems and publishing systems as a lookup and validation service for tagging research outputs with related grants.To use the related Research Activities API see the Research Activities API Documentation.

Scope of research activity descriptions in Research Data Australia

Research Data Australia aggregates research activity information supplied by multiple research funders and project descriptions supplied by universities, research institutions and agencies.

Grants and Programs

Funders may provide program funding descriptions as well as descriptions of the grants awarded via those programs. Some funders provide public access to their history of funding grants through an online search, downloads on their websites, or both. Each funder has their own format and structure for describing grants and their information may have detail that is absent in Research Data Australia. 

At the bottom of the Explore Grants and Projects home page is a list of the funders who contribute grant descriptions to Research Data Australia. Click on a funder name to view information about the funder, their funding programs and information about their grant data with any caveats on usage, quality and currency. A globally unique, persistent and resolvable identifier (PURL) exists for every grant in Research Data Australia.

Currently the funders included in the service are:

Projects

Project descriptions are contributed by research institutions, typically the institution responsible for managing the project. Institutions may also supply information about research programs which may include a number of projects and be broader in their objectives than focused studies.

Links to Publications

Institutional Repositories tag their open access versions of publications with the PURL identifier for the research grant which funded, or partially funded the work. These publication descriptions are harvested by the National Library of Australia into their Trove service to provide a central discovery service for Australian research publications. These related publications are included on the view page for the grant in Research Data Australia.

Look up Funders

A global list of research funders is maintained by the CrossRef organisation in their FundRef registry. Each funder is assigned a DOI by CrossRef. When researchers are submitting articles to journals for publication, they are asked to select from this list of names and then add the grant IDs as free text. Research Data Australia uses this same list of funder names and every Australian entry in the FundRef registry has an entry in Research Data Australia. This list of funders is available for machine lookup via our Research Activities API.

Service terms of use

NHMRC grant information Terms of Use - describes the terms of services that govern the access to the NHMRC activity records in Research Data Australia or through the Research Activities API. Particularly it explains the scope of provided information, the update frequency and the maintenance procedure.

ARC Grant Information Terms of Use - describes the terms of services that govern the access to the ARC activity records in Research Data Australia or through the Research Activities API. Particularly it explains the scope of provided information, data currency information and the maintenance procedure.