Sarah Howard, Branch Manager (Research Excellence)

As the Branch Manager, Ms Sarah Howard leads the ongoing implementation of two national research assessment programs administered by the Australian Research Council – the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) program, and the Engagement and Impact (EI) assessment. Ms Howard also oversees the management of the longitudinal datasets for these programs and the provision of policy advice on research evaluation and the state of the Australian university research landscape more broadly. In addition, Ms Howard is responsible for the ARC’s internal program evaluation function, which provides assurance and supports continuous improvement of ARC policies and its administration of the National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP).

Ms Howard’s career in the Australian Public Service has included a number of roles at the ARC, in the areas of research evaluation, research policy and research funding, through the National Competitive Grants Scheme, as well as previous roles in other Government Departments and in the university research sector.