17 December 2020

The ARC has commenced implementing the updated 2020 Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC) codes​ in accordance with the plan advised last edition of ARChway for National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP) activities.

Stage One is now completed: Research Management System (RMS) users will now see a number of improvements in their profiles regarding Expertise text and Fields of Research (FoR) including the ability to either convert existing 2008 FoR codes to the new 2020 FoR codes, as well as manually entering the new 2020 FoR codes.

We encourage all RMS users to update your FoR codes now – please click the ‘Expertise and Fields of Research’ link within your RMS Action Centre. For full instructions please refer to the RMS User Management Guide published on the ARC website. Please note the ARC is continuing to utilise the 2008 Fields of Research (FoR) codes for the current applications and assessments, so please ensure that your 2008 FoR codes remain listed in your profile.

We will continue with the next stages in 2021, with 2020 codes added to next year’s College of Expert nomination forms and then introducing the 2020 codes into NCGP grant application forms for schemes opening from August/September 2021.