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, moderating external assessments and recommending fundable proposals. It also assists the ARC in recruiting and assigning assessors and in implementing peer review reforms in established and emerging disciplines as well as interdisciplinary areas.

Its members are experts of international standing drawn from the Australian research community: from higher education, industry and public sector research organisations.

ARC College of Experts nominations are approved by the ARC CEO for appointments of one to three years.

Members of the ARC College of Experts assess and rank ARC grant applications submitted under the National Competitive Grants Program, make funding recommendations to the ARC and provide 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 for 2019 

The ARC is seeking nominations from suitably qualified and experienced individuals in all disciplines for the ARC College of Experts for 2019. A strong emphasis will be given to multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary expertise, with high regard also placed on applicants who have a strong assessor history.

The ARC is committed to improving the gender balance of membership on ARC selection committees and encourages women to nominate. In addition, nominations from people of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin, and end-users across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors are particularly encouraged. Please note that international nominees are eligible to apply on the condition that they are able to obtain an Australian visa.

Areas of Interest

The 2019 College of Experts call for nominations has particular interest in the following areas:

  • Agricultural Biotechnology
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Economics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Art Theory And Criticism
  • Atomic, Molecular, Nuclear, Particle And Plasma Physics
  • Biochemistry And Cell Biology
  • Biological psychology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Cognitive Sciences
  • Computer Software
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Data Format
  • Development psychology and ageing
  • Ecological impact of climate change
  • Ecology
  • Educational psychology
  • Electrical And Electronic
  • Epigenetics
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Genetics
  • Geochemistry
  • Geology
  • Human Geography
  • Immunology
  • Information Systems
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Interdisciplinary Engineering
  • International Relations
  • Literary Studies
  • Macromolecular And Materials Chemistry
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Biotechnology
  • Medical Physiology
  • Medicinal And Biomolecular Chemistry
  • Microbial ecology
  • Microbial genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Neurosciences
  • Numerical And Computational Mathematics
  • Other Philosophy And Religious Studies
  • Pharmacology And Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Physiology
  • Plant Biology
  • Plant physiology
  • Psychology
  • Public Health And Health Services
  • Pure Mathematics
  • Quantum Physics
  • Religion And Religious Studies
  • Seagrasses
  • Soil biology
  • Statistics
  • Synthetic biology
  • Veterinary Immunology
  • Virology
  • Zoology



    Nominations must be certified by the nominee’s primary employer (an approved nominator or delegate, see table below). Nominations must be submitted in RMS by 5pm (AEST) Wednesday, 6 June 2018. Nominations will not be accepted directly from nominees (excepting 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 are:

    Primary Employer

    Approved Nominators

    Higher education institution 


    Vice-Chancellor/Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) 


    Industry or business 


    Chief Executive Officer or equivalent  



    Secretary of Department or equivalent    






    Please contact the ARC at with any queries.

    Outcomes are expected to be announced in September–October 2018.  

    ARC College of Experts 2018

    The membership of the 2018 ARC College of Experts has been announced. A complete listing of the ARC College of Experts membership can be found below.

    Members of the ARC College of Experts

    There are currently 195 members on the ARC College of Experts.

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

    ARC College of Experts members (*indicates a new member in 2018):