Sarah Howard, Branch Manager (Research Excellence)

As the Branch Manager, Ms Sarah Howard leads the ongoing implementation of the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) program, and the development and implementation of a new national assessment of engagement and impact of Australian university research. Ms Howard also oversees the management of the longitudinal datasets for these evaluation programs and the provision of policy advice on research evaluation and the state of the Australian university research landscape more broadly. 

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 the Department of Industry. Ms Howard has maintained strong links with the research sector throughout her career, as a researcher and as Associate Director at the Australian Academy of the Humanities.