Engagement and Impact Assessment (EI)


On 7 December 2015 the Australian Government launched its National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA). One of the measures within the agenda is for Australia to introduce a national impact and engagement assessment, which will examine how universities are translating their research into economic, social and other benefits and encourage greater collaboration between universities, industries and other end-users of research.

Working closely with university and industry stakeholders and through a Steering Committee and working groups, the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the Department of Education and Training have been developing the framework for the assessment.  

In line with the NISA announcement in December 2015, a pilot was undertaken in 2017, providing a basis for a national roll-out in 2018. The national assessment will be undertaken as a companion to Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

The ARC reviewed the pilot and analysed the engagement and impact assessment methodologies, incorporating feedback from university, industry and end-user participants. This review will inform the development of the full assessment. Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, Minister of Education and Training, and ARC Chief Executive Officer, Professor Sue Thomas, have announced the release of the Engagement and Impact Assessment Pilot Report.  The release of the Pilot Report marks the end of the pilot and the start of preparations for the first full assessment launching in 2018.

Following consultation, the final key documents for the 2018 Engagement and Impact assessment (EI 2018) are now available.

EI Key documents

The key documents required for the 2018 Engagement and Impact Assessment (EI 2018) are:

If you have questions or require any of these documents in any other format, please email ARC-EI@arc.gov.au or call the EI Helpdesk on 02 6287 6755 (between 9.00am and 5.00pm, Canberra time, Monday to Friday).

EI Notifications

EI 2018 notification 001

Section 1.8 of the EI Submission Guidelines has now changed. The section should now read

1.8 Timeline

Submission of EI 2018 narrative and data components occurs after ERA 2018 submission. 



Start Date





17 May 2018

6 July 2018


Data integrity checking

9 July 2018

13 July 2018

ARC, with institutions


16 July 2018

18 July 2018