Excellence in Research (ERA)
What is ERA?
The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative is an evaluation of research quality in Universities by the Australian government. It is administered by the Australian Research Council (ARC). It has been conducted in 2015, 2012 and 2010.
The methodology divides research into fields using the ABS FoR Codes at two levels - 157 4 digit FoR codes and 22 2 digit FoR codes.
The ERA assessment covers 6 years of research and is principally judges on the quality of publications.
The Objectives of ERA are to:
- Establish an evaluation framework that gives government, industry, business and the wider community assurance of the excellence of research conducted in Australia's higher education institutions.
- Provide a national stock take of discipline-level areas of research strength and areas where there is opportunity for development in Australia's higher education institutions.
- Identify excellence across the full spectrum of research performance.
- Identify emerging research areas and opportunities for further development.
- Allow for comparisons of Australia's research nationally and internationally for all discipline areas.
ERA assesses research at the discipline level and uses the ABS Field of Research (FoR) Codes at the 4-digit level to categorise research. Data submitted at the 4-digit level will also be rolled up and assessed at the 2-digit level for a broader assessment.