Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

What is it?

Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) is a federal government initiative, developed by the ARC in cooperation with the NHMRC, to evaluate research quality within Australia's higher education institutions. It replaced the previous Research Quality Framework (RQF).

All research disciplines are evaluated using a combination of discipline-specific indicators and expert review by committees comprising experienced, internationally-recognised experts.

The first full ERA submission of all clusters took place in 2010 with a second round held in 2012.

This followed on from a trial submission of two clusters in 2009 and a pilot submission in 2008.

How is ERA different to HERDC?

Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) is a data collection system whereby research publications and research income are submitted by the university on an annual basis as required by the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR). HERDC data aims to ensure that research block grants allocated by the Government are fair and transparent.

Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) is a Government initiative that aims to identify and promote research excellence within Australia's higher education institutions. Assessment is performed using a combination of indicators and expert review by committees comprising experienced, internationally-recognised experts.

For more information see, Chapter 1.1 of ERA Submission Guidelines (PDF).

ERA reference group

ERA is governed through the Research and Innovation Portfolio and the ERA Reference Group.

  • Prof. Jill Trewhella – DVC Research
  • Prof. Assaad Masri – ERA Coordinator
  • Merril Bouckley – Director, Research Analytics & Data Strategy
  • Adam Butler - ERA Liaison Officer