ARC College Nominations for 2018 – submit to Research Services by 24 May 2017

Nominations for appointment to the ARC College for 2018 are now open

The ARC has called for nominations for membership of the ARC College. Nominations are sought from suitably qualified and experienced individuals in all disciplines, and strong emphasis will be placed on multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary expertise. Nominations from women, people of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin, and end-users across the private, public and not-for profit sectors are particularly encouraged.

College members assess and rank ARC grant funding 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. Whilst a significant time commitment is required, participation in the ARC College provides valuable insight into assessment and selection of grant proposals, and ARC processes in general.

For reference, a list of current ARC College members can be found on the ARC site  under “ARC College of Experts 2017”.

Fields of Expertise

Nominees for the 2018 College of Experts with expertise in the following areas (in alphabetical order) will be targeted by the ARC to fill potential gaps in the College membership:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (all fields)
  • Anthropology, all fields, especially Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing
  • Astronomical and Space Sciences
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Banking, Finance and Investment
  • Biochemistry and Cell biology
  • Building
  • Business and Management (all fields, especially Industrial Relations, Organisation and Management Theory, Organisational Behaviour and International Business)
  • Chemistry, especially Theoretical and Computational
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Communications Technologies
  • Computer Software
  • Cultural Studies
  • Demography, all fields, especially Family and Household Studies and Migration
  • Ecology (especially biodiversity, disturbance ecology, plant/animal interaction, urban ecology)
  • Education (all fields, especially Curriculum and Pedagogy and Specialist Studies in Education)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Economics (including Applied Economics and Econometrics)
  • Film, Television and Digital Media
  • Genetics (all fields, especially Genome Methylation and Epigenetics)
  • Geomatic Engineering
  • Human Geography
  • Language Studies
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Marine Biology (especially ecology, biogeochemistry, microbial, genomics)
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics (especially Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics)
  • Physics (especially Condensed Matter and Quantum)
  • Plant Sciences (especially Climate Change, Drought, Forest Ecology, Photosynthesis, and Tree Physiology)
  • Plant Development and Reproductive Biology (especially Plant Cell and Molecular Biology, Epigenetics (including Genome Methylation and Epigenomics), Genomics and Gene Expression)
  • Policy and Administration
  • Political Science
  • Public Health and Health Services
  • Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Urban and Regional Planning

Selection Criteria

Nominees must demonstrate achievement in at least four of the following selection criteria:

  • Research excellence;
  • Specialist disciplinary expertise and generalist discipline knowledge (including multi-disciplinary);
  • Professional and academic standing and reputation;
  • Organisational and administrative leadership skills;
  • Relevant experience in industry or public sector organisations;
  • Experience in coordinating research activity (including an understanding of the needs of end users in higher education, business and industry, both nationally and internationally).

Time commitment

Membership of the College requires a significant time commitment over the period of appointment, including working to specified, non-negotiable timeframes. The College members meet in Canberra for one week in April-May and one week in August-September each year to recommend proposals for funding under the NCGP funding schemes. Appointees must be available to attend at least one of these meetings each year and undertake assignments, assessments and moderations in preparation for the meetings. The number of meetings per year and the volume of the assignments and assessments per year are subject to negotiation.


Members of the ARC College will be remunerated sitting fees and reading rates as determined by the Remuneration Tribunal, based on the number of proposals that are assigned, moderated and assessed, and the number of meetings attended and the capacity in which they are attended (i.e. as Member or Chair).


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 November 2017 in Canberra. Successful nominees must be available to commence in November 2017, to assign and assess proposals for funding, as well as be available for one or two selection meetings held in Canberra each year.

Nomination Process

  • Please read through the information in the College of Experts Nomination Kit available at the ARC website, and at the ARC College of Experts web page.
  • Nominations require a completed 2018 ARC College of Experts Nomination Form [Word Doc] to be emailed to Research Services by COB Wednesday, 24 May 2017
  • As per previous years, please also return any nominations with a completed Excel Summary spreadsheet (also attached)
  • Nominations must have the endorsement of the relevant Head of School (an email to this effect must be sent to Research Services: to enable appropriate endorsement and Certification by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President (Research)
  • The Approved Nominator on the form must be listed as the (Acting) Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President (Research), Professor Julie Owens

Contact for Assistance

Please don’t hesitate to contact if you require further information.

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