The ARC relies on impartial and independent peer review in the assessments of Proposals. Individuals applying for ARC funding have the opportunity to nominate persons whom they do not wish to assess a Proposal by submitting a Request Not to Assess form, to the ARC through their Research Office. The ARC discourages such requests to exclude assessors, as it limits the pool of available assessors for a Proposal; however the ARC recognises that there are situations in which some assessors should be excluded.

Before submitting a ‘Request Not to Assess’ applicants should familiarise themselves with the ARC Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policy and the handling of individual Conflicts of Interest page.

Only one request per Proposal may be submitted. Up to three assessors can be nominated without the need for further information unless the Request Not to Assess names a current ARC College of Experts member. Requests nominating more than three assessors to be excluded for a Proposal or naming an ARC College of Experts member must be accompanied by comprehensive evidence justifying the request.

If the ARC considers the evidence is not sufficient for one or more of the named people, the ARC may reject part or all of the request.

Appropriate justification and substantive evidence must be provided. Justifications based on unsubstantiated rumours, apparent speculation and other arguments devoid of hard evidence will not be accepted.

All notifications must be submitted electronically in Excel format using the ‘Request Not to Assess’ form through the Administering Organisation's Research Office, by the date and time specified for the relevant scheme on the ARC Grant Calendar page. The ARC will not accept Request Not to Assess forms submitted directly to the ARC by researchers. This form must not accompany the Proposal. 

Please note that the ARC will only consider requests for named persons and will only use the information provided on the Request Not to Assess form. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the information provided on the form is correct, including spelling and variants of the name. The ARC will not uphold requests to exclude institutions, departments or units. 

The Request Not to Assess form is available for each Grant Opportunity located on GrantConnect