To support the advancement of knowledge and contribute to national innovation, the ARC engages an ARC College of Experts to play a key role in identifying research excellence, moderating external assessments and recommending fundable proposals. It also assists the ARC in recruiting and assigning assessors and in implementing peer review reforms in established and emerging disciplines as well as interdisciplinary areas.

Its members are experts of international standing drawn from the Australian research community: from higher education, industry and public sector research organisations.

ARC College of Experts nominations are approved by the ARC CEO for appointments of one to three years.

Members of the ARC College of Experts assess and rank ARC grant applications submitted under the National Competitive Grants Program, make funding recommendations to the ARC and provide strategic advice to the ARC on emerging disciplines and cross-disciplinary developments.

The ARC is required to maintain a high standard of professionalism and ethical conduct in its operations. The ARC Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policy is designed to ensure that all members of the ARC College of Experts are aware of the confidentiality obligations associated with College activities and that conflicts of interest are identified and addressed in a rigorous and transparent way. The ARC requires members of the ARC College of Experts to provide assurances to the ARC that they will abide by the ARC's confidentiality requirements and will disclose to it any conflicts of interest related to their official duties as members.


ARC College of Experts Nominations for 2018

The ARC is seeking nominations from suitably qualified and experienced individuals in all disciplines for the ARC College of Experts for 2018. A strong emphasis will be given to multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary expertise, with high regard also placed on applicants who have a strong assessor history.

The ARC is committed to improving the gender balance of membership on ARC selection committees and encourages women to nominate. In addition, nominations from people of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin, and from end-users across the private, public and not-for profit sectors are particularly encouraged. Please note that international nominees are eligible to apply on condition that they are able to obtain an Australian visa.

Areas of Interest

The 2018 College of Experts call for nominations has particular interest in the following areas:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, all fields
  • Anthropology, all fields, especially Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing
  • Astronomical and Space Sciences
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Banking, Finance and Investment
  • Biochemistry and Cell biology
  • Building
  • Business and Management, all fields, especially Industrial Relations, Organisation and Management Theory, Organisational Behaviour and International Business
  • Chemistry, especially Theoretical and Computational
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Communications Technologies
  • Computer Software
  • Cultural Studies
  • Demography, all fields, especially Family and Household Studies and Migration
  • Ecology, especially biodiversity, disturbance ecology, plant/animal interaction, urban ecology
  • Education, all fields, especially Curriculum and Pedagogy and Specialist Studies in Education
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Economics, including Applied Economics and Econometrics
  • Film, Television and Digital Media
  • Genetics, all fields, especially Genome Methylation and Epigenetics
  • Geomatic Engineering
  • Human Geography
  • Language Studies
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Marine Biology, especially ecology, biogeochemistry, microbial, genomics
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics, especially Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
  • Physics, especially Condensed Matter and Quantum
  • Plant Sciences, especially Climate Change, Drought, Forest Ecology, Photosynthesis, and Tree Physiology
  • Plant Development and Reproductive Biology, especially Plant Cell and Molecular Biology, Epigenetics (including Genome Methylation and Epigenomics), Genomics and Gene Expression
  • Policy and Administration
  • Political Science
  • Public Health and Health Services
  • Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Urban and Regional Planning


The Nomination Kit, Nomination Form and Nomination Summary Spreadsheet are now available:

All questions in the Nomination Form are mandatory, and a separate form must be completed for each nominee. All questions in the Nomination Summary Spreadsheet  are mandatory, and one spreadsheet only must be completed for each primary employer (please enter data into the light yellow cells only). For example, an institution submitting five nominees must submit five Nomination Forms but only one spreadsheet.


Nominations must be submitted electronically by the nominee’s primary employer (an approved nominator or delegate) to the ARC via email at by 5.00pm (AEST) on Wednesday, 31 May 2017. Nominations will not be accepted directly from nominees (excepting those submitting as self-employed). Nominees who hold an honorary or adjunct appointment with a higher education institution are eligible to apply through that institution.

International nominees should submit a nomination through the Australian higher education institution they are affiliated with. If an international nominee is not affiliated with any Australian organisation, the nomination should be submitted through their primary employer.

Approved nominators are:

Primary Employer

Approved Nominators

Higher education institution 

Vice-Chancellor/Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) 

Industry or business 

Chief Executive Officer or equivalent  


Secretary of Department or equivalent    



If a delegate is emailing the submission on behalf of the approved nominator, in the email please ensure you clearly state you are acting on behalf of the delegate.

By emailing submissions, the approved nominator or delegate is electronically providing certification and declaring that the information provided within the Nomination Form/s and Nomination Summary Spreadsheet are true and correct. In addition, the approved nominator or delegate supports the nominations and agrees that if they are successful, the nominee/s will be released to fulfil the requirements of membership of the ARC College of Experts.

Please contact the ARC at with any queries.

Outcomes are expected to be announced in September–October 2017. 

ARC College of Experts 2018

The membership of the 2018 ARC College of Experts has been announced. A complete listing of the ARC College of Experts membership can be found below.


Members of the ARC College of Experts

There are currently 182 members on the ARC College of Experts.

Selection meeting panels will be drawn from across the ARC College of Experts as necessary.

ARC College of Experts members (*indicates a new member in 2018):