How does AAL decide which projects to fund?
AAL supports a variety of projects/facilities via NCRIS funding, and must assess possible future investments based on a clear set of criteria (see below).
AAL is proactive in looking for opportunities that fit in with the criteria and goals set out by the Decadal plan for Australian astronomy (2016-2025). AAL also welcomes submissions or project funding proposals from members of the Australian astronomy community that comply with the criteria listed below. Astronomers are able to draw AAL's attention to possible new funding opportunities via the following three options:
NCRIS Eligibility criteria
In addition to the NCRIS criteria specified by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment, AAL considers the following when deciding the allocation of NCRIS funding:
Does the investment opportunity address a research infrastructure recommendation of the Decadal Plan?
The AAL Board has determined that AAL should report annually on the fraction of its funding awarded to mid-level or tier two projects, as per the Decadal Plan goal to aim to direct 10% of funding to facilities at this level.