Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) is a research quality and evaluation system developed by the Australian Research Council (ARC) in conjunction with the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

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  • Engagement & Impact Assessment

    As part of the Australian Government's National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) a Research Engagement & Impact Assessment is proposed. The ARC will have an important role in delivering on some of these new measures, including the development and introduction of an Engagement and Impact Assessment (EIA) of Australian university research.

    In May 2017, the University participated in an Engagement and Impact Assessment Pilot, the purpose of which was to test the methodologies and processes to inform the full EIA in 2018. The submission involved select Fields of Research (FoRs) for both the Engagement and Impact Pilot components.

    The first national EIA will take place in 2018 and will run alongside the current ERA programme.

    Steering Committee & Working Groups

    In March 2016 the members of the Engagement and Impact (EI) Steering Committee and Working Groups were announced.

    The Committee will help to develop a process that uses clear and transparent measures of non-academic impact, and industry and end-user engagement, to assess our nation’s university research performance and inform future funding structures.

    The working groups will provide critical advice and support to the EI Steering Committee during development of the new assessment.

  • ERA 2023

    The next round of ERA will take place in 2023. Submission data for ERA 2023 will be collected for the following reference periods:

    Data type Reference period Years
    Research outputs 1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2021 6
    Research income 1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2021 3
    Staff Census Date As at 31 March 2022  


  • ERA 2018

    ERA 2018 has now been submitted. Further reporting on the ERA 2018 round will be provided on this webpage as it becomes available.

    Data type Reference period Years
    Research outputs 1 Jan 2011 - 31 Dec 2016 6
    Research income 1 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2016 3
    Applied measures 1 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2016 3
    Esteem measures 1 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2016 3
    Staff eligibility period As at 31 Mar 2017 Census date



    The Operational Research Business Information Tool (ORBIT) is an intuitive, web based system giving detailed views of research activities at the University of Adelaide. The ORBIT ERA module is used to report on research activities for ERA.

  • Field of Research (FoR) coding

    Reporting and evaluation for ERA is by discipline grouping. There are eight discipline groupings defined according to Fields of Research (FoR) codes.


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