ARC College of Experts 2021: nominations open

The ARC is seeking nominations for membership of the ARC College of Experts. Nominations are sought from suitably qualified and experienced individuals with peer review experience, with strong emphasis placed on multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary expertise. Nominations are welcome from all disciplines. 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 advice to the ARC on research matters including how research funding schemes can be targeted to produce maximum benefits for the Australian research community. 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.

A list of current members can be found on the ARC College of Experts website.

Areas of interest

Nominations are welcome from all disciplines, particularly those listed in the targeted areas of interest in the nomination kit.

The ARC College of Experts is assisted and coordinated by Executive Directors who have scheme and interdisciplinary responsibilities at the ARC. Nominees are encouraged to contact the relevant Executive Director to discuss how their expertise fits into the selection panels and the time commitment involved in becoming a College of Experts member. Please direct your inquiries to

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;
  • 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 ARC College of Experts requires a significant time commitment, including working to specified, non-negotiable timeframes. The ARC College of Experts may be appointed to form a Selection Advisory Committee (SAC) which meet in Canberra during May-June and August-September each year to recommend applications for schemes under the National Competitive Grants Program. Members may be requested to join up to three SAC’s in a 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 applications each year. The number of meetings, volume of assignments and assessments vary per year according to the scheme and number of applications received from different discipline areas.


SAC Members will be remunerated for sitting fees and reading rates. Sitting fees are guided by the ARC Administrative Arrangements for Committees and received per day for meetings attended. 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.


Members of the ARC College of Experts are generally appointed for a three year term. Successful nominees must be available to commence in early 2021.

Nomination process

  • 3 July 2020, 5.00pm (AEST): nominations should be submitted to for internal review.
  • 15 July 2020, 5.00pm (AEST): nominations are completed and submitted online through RMS. An email notifying when the nomination is completed is mandatory, as they do not receive notifications from RMS when nominations are ‘Submitted to Research Office’.

Please read through the information in the ARC College of Experts 2021 Nomination Kit and instructions at the ARC College of Experts website.

Nominations must have the endorsement of the relevant Head of School (HoS) to enable appropriate endorsement and certification by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President (Research). Please email your HoS endorsement to

The Approved Nominator for University of Adelaide staff on the form must be listed as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President (Research), Professor Anton Middelberg, P: 08 8313-5665, E:

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