Nominations for Appointment to the ARC College of Experts for 2019 Now Open

The ARC has called for nominations for membership of the ARC College of Experts. 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. High regard will also be placed on applicants who have a strong assessor history. 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.

The ARC engages College members to recruit and assign assessors and moderate external assessments of grant funding applications submitted under the National Competitive Grants Program. They also 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 at: under “ARC College of Experts 2018”.

Note: Please do not nominate if you are currently participating as a Chair or member of ERA 2018 or EI 2018 panels.

Fields of Expertise

Nominees for the 2019 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:

  • 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 Engineering
  • 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 College of Experts is assisted and coordinated by Executive Directors with program and interdisciplinary responsibilities within the ARC. Potential nominees are advised to contact the relevant Executive Director if they have any questions about the way their expertise fits into the discipline panels.

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Selection Criteria

Nominees must demonstrate achievement in at least four of the following six 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.

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


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).

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


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.

Nomination Process

Please read through the information in the ARC College of Experts 2019 Nomination Kit and Instructions at the ARC College of Experts webpage.

*New Process*

Nominations are now completed and submitted online through RMS. Nominations should be completed by COB Wednesday, 30 May 2018 (internal deadline). An email notifying when the nomination is completed is mandatory – as we do not get notified by RMS when nominations are ‘Submitted to Research Office’.

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 for University of Adelaide staff on the form must be listed as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President (Research), Professor Mike Brooks, Tel: 08 8313-5665, Email:

Contact Research Services

Please don’t hesitate to contact if you require further information in the first instance.

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