11 June 2020

Each year, the ARC calls for nominations from suitably qualified and experienced individuals across all disciplines to join the esteemed ARC College of Experts. College member appointments are highly competitive, with members drawn from higher education, industry and public sector research organisations.

ARC College of Experts members play a key role in the ARC’s peer review processes to ensure that government funding is spent on the highest quality research that will grow knowledge and innovation for the benefit of the Australian community.

The call out for nominees for the 2021 ARC College of Experts commenced today (Thursday, 11 June 2020) and will close on Wednesday, 15 July 2020.

Nomination forms can be submitted through the ARC’s Research Management System

The ARC is committed to improving the diversity and gender balance of the ARC College of Experts and particularly encourages applications from women, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders and end-users across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Members assist 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 process improvement
  • providing strategic advice to the ARC on emerging disciplines and cross-disciplinary developments.

In selecting new members, the ARC considers the expertise and experience of individuals, as well as balancing representation and discipline expertise coverage across the College of Experts. 

Specialist discipline areas are identified in the call out each year. The list of specialist discipline areas for the College of Experts call for 2021 is available on the ARC website.

Further information about the College of Experts nomination process and submission requirements is also available on the ARC website, including Nomination kit and instructions.