This page is intended to assist nominees and nominators to complete the ARC College of Experts 2018 Nomination Form and Nomination Summary Spreadsheet.

General information

To support the advancement of knowledge and contribute to national innovation, the Australian Research Council (ARC) engages an ARC College of Experts to:

  • play a key role in identifying research excellence, moderating external assessments and recommending fundable proposals;
  • assist the ARC in recruiting and assigning assessors and in implementing peer review reforms;
  • advise the ARC on research matters, including how research funding schemes can be targeted to produce maximum benefits for the Australian research community and society more broadly.

The ARC is seeking nominations from suitably qualified and experienced individuals in all disciplines and strong emphasis will be placed on multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary expertise. However, this call for nominations is made with 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 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.

The ARC College of Experts is assisted and coordinated by Executive Directors with program and interdisciplinary responsibilities within the ARC. Nominees are advised to contact the relevant Executive Director if they have any questions about the way their expertise fits into the discipline panels. Please direct your inquiries to


Members of the ARC College of Experts are appointed for one year with annual extensions (subject to performance review) for a maximum appointment period of three years.

An induction workshop will be scheduled for November 2017 in Canberra. Successful nominees must be available to commence in November 2017, to assign and assess proposals for funding, as well as be available for one or two selection meetings held in Canberra each year.

Time Commitment

Membership of the ARC College of Experts requires a significant time commitment, including working to specified, non-negotiable timeframes. The ARC College of Experts meets in Canberra for one week in April-May and one week in August-September each year to recommend proposals for funding under the National Competitive Grants Program funding schemes. Appointees must be available to attend at least one of these meetings each year and undertake assignments, assessments and moderations in preparation for the meetings.

ARC College of Experts members may be called upon to assign, read and assess up to 150 to 200 funding proposals each year. The number of meetings per year and the volume of assignments and assessments per year are subject to negotiation.

Appointees will be requested to indicate their preferences for one or both meetings each year over a three year period. Should appointees intend to be an applicant for funding under one or more ARC schemes over the next three years, the ARC will make arrangements to ensure probity in the assessment process.

In all circumstances where members are assigning, assessing or moderating, the ARC Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policy applies.


Members of the ARC College of Experts will be remunerated sitting fees and reading rates. Sitting fees are guided by the Remuneration Tribunal and received per day for meetings attended. The reading rate is up to $100 per proposal.

There may be instances where additional assessments for proposals are required at short notice where insufficient assessments have been received through the normal external assessor process.

The ARC will cover reasonable travel costs for the attendance of selection meetings in Canberra, including international travel and visa application costs for Members based overseas.

Nomination Submission

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.

The Nomination Form and Nomination Summary Spreadsheet are available on the ARC College of Experts page. All questions in the Nomination Form are mandatory, and one 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.

Late nominations will not be accepted. Amendments, replacements or additions to 2018 Nomination Forms or Nomination Summary Spreadsheets will not be accepted after the closing date and time, unless invited by the ARC.

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 nominator.

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.

Advice on outcomes of the nomination process

It is anticipated that successful nominees and nominating primary employers will be advised of the outcome in September/October 2017.


The ARC will treat information contained in nominations as strictly confidential. However, nominated referees may be contacted to discuss the suitability of nominees.


The information collected may be passed to third parties for the purposes of obtaining an assessment of the nomination. 

The ARC is bound by the provisions of the Privacy Act 1988. Section 14 of the Privacy Act 1988 contains the Information Privacy Principles (IPPs) which prescribe the rules for handling personal information.


For more information about the nomination process and the ARC College of Experts, please visit ARC College of Experts page or email any queries to

Successful applicants into the College of Experts will need an up-to-date RMS account. If you do not already have an RMS account please use the RMS Register New User page to request one.

For more information on how to create an RMS profile, please visit the Peer Review—Become an ARC Assessor page.