Definition of Research

For the purposes of ERA, research is defined as the creation of new knowledge and/or the use of existing knowledge in a new and creative way so as to generate new concepts, methodologies, inventions and understandings. This could include synthesis and analysis of previous research to the extent that it is new and creative.

Institutions must ensure that all research outputs submitted to ERA meet this definition of research. Outputs that do not meet this definition may be excluded from submissions during the ERA submission process or, where they are not excluded from submissions, their inclusion may adversely affect the quality rating assigned by RECs during the evaluation process.