19 June 2015ERA 2015 logo

As the middle of the year approaches, Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015 is now in full swing.

Following extensive preparations in 2014 with the release of the ERA 2015 submission documentation, the ERA team visits to universities Australia wide, and the completion of the electronic identification (EID) tagging, the first half of 2015 has seen the completion of a number of major milestones for ERA.

The membership of the ERA Research Evaluation Committees (RECs) have been announced with distinguished researchers appointed across the eight RECs organised along broad discipline lines. The REC members will assess the quality of research in Australia as part of the ERA 2015 evaluations.

“These researchers are experts in their field and in research evaluation, and have been selected from a pool of more than 700 national and international researchers nominated by the sector,” said Professor Aidan Byrne, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Research Council (ARC), when making the announcement.

In addition to the REC members, the ARC also invited the sector to nominate peer reviewers to support the RECs, which have peer review as a key indicator. Approximately 1300 nominated peer reviewers have been engaged to assist with the ERA process in 2015.

In recent months, all 41 eligible universities successfully completed their ERA submissions. This process began in January when the ERA IT platform was opened to universities to test their submission data structures. Throughout February, March and April, universities uploaded data about all their research activity (including research outputs, income, esteem and applied measures) over the ERA reference periods. This submission process included extensive engagement between the ARC and universities to check and confirm the integrity of the submission data.

Units of evaluation for each university have now been created for ERA 2015. The ERA REC members and ERA peer reviewers have been assigned their tasks and the evaluation stage commenced on 9 June. The ERA team will continue to coordinate evaluations over the coming months, culminating in the final evaluation meeting in October when the RECs determine the final ERA ratings.

The outcomes will be published in the ERA 2015 National Report in December.  

The below calendar shows key dates for ERA 2015:

Event

Date

Submission (complete)

January–April 2015

Creation of Units of Evaluation and Assignment (complete)

May–June

Evaluation (commenced)

June–October

Evaluation meeting

October

National Report

December

For more information regarding ERA 2015 or for assistance please contact the ERA team +61 2 6287 6755 or era[@]arc.gov.au.