This page is intended to assist nominees and nominators to complete the ARC College of Experts 2019 Nomination Form and Nomination Summary Spreadsheet. 

General information

To support the advancement of knowledge and contribute to national innovation, the Australian Research Council (ARC) engages an ARC College of Experts to:

  • play a key role in identifying research excellence, moderating external assessments and recommending fundable proposals
  • assist the ARC in recruiting and assigning assessors and in implementing peer review reforms
  • advise the ARC on research matters, including how research funding schemes can be targeted to produce maximum benefits for the Australian research community and society more broadly.

The ARC is seeking nominations from suitably qualified and experienced individuals in all disciplines and strong emphasis will be placed on multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary expertise. A high regard is also placed on applicants who have a strong assessor history.

However, this call for nominations is made with 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

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.

The ARC College of Experts is assisted and coordinated by Executive Directors with program and interdisciplinary responsibilities within the ARC. Nominees are advised to contact the relevant Executive Director if they have any questions about the way their expertise fits into the discipline panels. Please direct your inquiries to


Members of the ARC College of Experts are appointed for one year with annual extensions (subject to performance review) for a maximum appointment period of three years.

An induction workshop will be scheduled for December 2018 in Canberra. Successful nominees must be available to commence in December 2018, to assign and assess proposals for funding, as well as be available for one or two selection meetings held in Canberra each year.

Time Commitment

Membership of the ARC College of Experts requires a significant time commitment, including working to specified, non-negotiable timeframes. The ARC College of Experts meets in Canberra for one week in April-May and one week in August-September each year to recommend proposals for funding under the National Competitive Grants Program funding schemes. Members must be available to attend at least one of these meetings each year and undertake assignments, assessments and moderations in preparation for the meetings.

ARC College of Experts members may be called upon to assign, read and assess, between 150 to 200 funding proposals each year. The number of meetings, volume of assignments and assessments per year are subject to negotiation.

Appointees will be requested to indicate their preferences for one or both meetings each year over a three year period. Should appointees intend to be an applicant for funding under one or more ARC schemes over the next three years, the ARC will make arrangements to ensure integrity in the assessment process.

In all circumstances where members are assigning, assessing or moderating, the ARC Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policy applies.


Members of the ARC College of Experts will be remunerated sitting fees and reading rates. Sitting fees are guided by the Remuneration Tribunal and received per day for meetings attended. The reading rate is up to $90.90 (GST exclusive) per proposal.

There may be instances where additional assessments for proposals are required at short notice where insufficient assessments have been received through the normal external assessor process.

The ARC will cover reasonable travel costs for the attendance of selection meetings in Canberra, including international travel and visa application costs for Members based overseas.

Nomination Submission

Nominations must be submitted electronically by the nominee’s primary employer (an approved nominator or delegate — see Table 1) to the ARC via the ARC’s Research Management System (RMS) by 5pm (AEST) Wednesday, 6 June 2018. 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.

The Nomination Form is available on RMS. For more information, please see the Instructions to Applicants – 


Late nominations will not be accepted. Amendments, replacements or additions to 2019 Nomination Forms will not be accepted after closing, unless invited by the ARC.

Table 1: 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    






Advice on outcomes of the nomination process

It is anticipated that successful nominees and nominating primary employers will be advised of the outcome in September/October 2018.


The ARC will treat information contained in nominations as strictly confidential. However, nominated referees may be contacted to discuss the suitability of nominees.


The information collected may be passed to third parties for the purposes of obtaining an assessment of the nomination.  

The ARC is bound by the provisions of the Privacy Act 1988. Section 14 of the Privacy Act 1988 contains the Information Privacy Principles (IPPs) which prescribe the rules for handling personal information.


For more information about the nomination process and the ARC College of Experts, please visit ARC College of Experts page or email any queries to

Successful applicants into the College of Experts will need an up-to-date RMS account. If you do not already have an RMS account please use the RMS Register New User page to request one.

More information on how to create an RMS profile is contained in the RMS Instructions for Assessors-