Field of Research Codes (FoRs) are used to describe the areas where research takes place

FoR codes

Field of Research Codes (FoRs) are used to describe the areas where research takes place.  While the ERA 2010 assessment will be based on the 4-digit FoR level, it is possible to drill down further to the 6-digit level in order to be more specific. The full list of FoR codes can be viewed here.

FoRs are to be used by researchers in two ways:

  • PERSONAL FoRs* - A researcher may choose up to three FoRs that best reflect the focus of his or her general research.  This will be used by the ARC to assess how many researchers (FTE) there are in each discipline (4-digit FoR code)
  •  OUTPUT FoRs** - A researcher may choose up to three FoRs that best reflect the focus of a specific research output.  These FoRs do not need to be exactly the same as the personal FoRs; however, for the purpose of ERA, the research output will be assessed in the output FoRs attributed.

*When choosing FoRs in Research Portfolio Manager (RPM) it is necessary to include the percentage of time spent on each FoR.

**When choosing FoRs in Research Portfolio Manager (RPM) it is necessary to allocate percentages to be attributed to each output FoR specified.


ERA 2012 FoR Codes - 4 Digit

For the purposes of ERA, research will be assessed at the 4 digit level.

ERA 2012 FoR Codes by Cluster

ERA 2012 Cluster Advisory Groups

 Names of all Chairs and Members

Cluster Advisory Groups