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ARC College of Experts

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 for a three year duration.

ARC College of Experts Nominations for 2024 are now open

The ARC is seeking nominations from suitably qualified and experienced individuals, including from senior research academics, people of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin, researchers with industry expertise, and end-users across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors who possess extensive peer review experience, with a 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 Experts members.

The ARC is committed to improving the diversity of membership on the ARC College of Experts and encourages qualified people from a broad range of groups to nominate. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Gender diversity
  • People of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin
  • Academia, Industry and Public sector organisations

International nominees are eligible to apply.  

Areas of Interest

The 2024 College of Experts call for nominations has particular interest in the following areas:

3101 Biochemistry and cell biology 4016 Materials engineering
3103 Ecology 4017 Mechanical engineering
3105 Genetics 4018 Nanotechnology
3107 Microbiology 41 Environmental sciences
3209 Neurosciences 43 History, heritage and archaeology
33 Built environment and design 4407 Policy and administration
3403 Macromolecular and materials chemistry 45 Indigenous Studies
3406 Physical chemistry 4602 Artificial intelligence
3502 Banking, finance and investment 4701 Communication and media studies
3705 Geology 4702 Cultural studies
3801 Applied economics 48 Law and legal studies
4004 Chemical engineering 49 Mathematical sciences
4005 Civil engineering 5101 Astronomical sciences
4008 Electrical engineering 5109 Space sciences

Important Dates

Activity Date
Nominations Open Tuesday 18 April 2023
Nominations Close Thursday 1 June 2023



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 5:00 pm (AEST), Thursday 1 June 2023.

Nominations will not be accepted directly from nominees, except 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) or equivalent
Industry or business Chief Executive Officer or equivalent  
Government Agency Head / Deputy Secretary or equivalent   
Self-employed Self-nominate

Please contact the ARC at with any queries.

It is anticipated that outcomes will be announced in November 2023.

ARC College of Experts 2023

A complete list of the ARC College of Experts membership can be found below.

There are currently 269 members on the ARC College of Experts.

Selection meeting panels will be drawn from the ARC College of Experts as necessary.

ARC College of Experts members (*indicates a new member in 2023)

Previous Years College of Expert Members

2022 College of Expert Members

2021 College of Expert Members

2020 College of Expert Members

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