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

The College of Experts assists the ARC by:

  • assigning external assessors;
  • assessing and ranking ARC grant applications submitted under the National Competitive Grants Program;
  • moderating external assessments;
  • providing recommendations for fundable applications to the ARC CEO;
  • assisting with recruiting through the nomination of new assessors;
  • providing advice for peer review reforms; and
  • providing 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 are called for annually.  Once approved by the ARC CEO, appointments are of one to three years duration.

ARC College of Experts Nominations for 2020 is now open

Nominations for appointment to the ARC College of Experts for 2020 are now open and will close at 5:00pm (AEST) Friday, 5 July 2019. 

The ARC is seeking nominations from senior research academics who possess extensive peer review experience, with multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary expertise considered advantageous. Nominations are welcome from all disciplines, especially those identified below.

A high regard will be placed on applicants who have strong institutional support to meet the commitment required from College of Expert members.

The ARC is committed to improving the diversity and gender balance of membership on ARC selection committees and encourages nominations from the following:

  • Women;
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders; and
  • End-users across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Please note:  international nominees are eligible to apply on the condition that they are able to obtain an Australian visa.

Areas of Interest

The 2020 College of Experts call for nominations has particular interest in the following areas:

Accounting, Auditing And Accountability


Agricultural Biotechnology

Materials Engineering

Analytical Chemistry

Mechanical Engineering


Medical Biotechnology

Applied Mathematics

Medical Physiology


Medicinal And Biomolecular Chemistry


Microbial Ecology

Art Theory And Criticism

Microbial Genetics

Atmospheric Sciences


Atomic, Molecular, Nuclear, Particle And Plasma Physics

Numerical And Computational Mathematics

Biochemistry And Cell Biology

Optical Physics

Biological Psychology

Other Philosophy And Religious Studies

Biomedical Engineering

Performing Arts

Civil Engineering

Pharmacology And Pharmaceutical Sciences

Cognitive Sciences


Computational Mathematics


Condensed Matter Physics

Plant Biology

Costal Geology/Engineering

Plant Physiology

Data Analysis and Management

Policy And Administration

Development Psychology And Ageing

Political Science


Public Health And Health Services

Electrical And Electronic Engineering

Pure Mathematics


Quantum Technology


Research Instrumentation Development


Religion And Religious Studies

Human Geography



Soil Biology

Inorganic Chemistry

Synthetic Biology

Interdisciplinary Engineering

Transportation and Freight Services

International Relations

Urban and Regional Planning

Language Studies

Veterinary Immunology



Machine Learning


Macromolecular And Materials Chemistry




Nominations must be certified by the nominee’s primary employer (for a list of approved nominators or delegates, see the table below) and submitted in RMS no later than 5pm (AEST) Friday, 5 July 2019.

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:

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    



Please contact the ARC at with any queries.

Outcomes are expected to be announced in September–October 2019.  


ARC College of Experts 2019

The membership of the 2019 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 194 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 2019)