Field of Research (FoRs)
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 codes can be viewed here.
FoRs are to be used by researchers in two ways:
1. 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)
NOTE: When choosing FoRs in Research Portfolio Manager (RPM) it is necessary to include the percentage of time spent on each FoR.
2. 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.
NOTE: When choosing FoRs in Research Portfolio Manager (RPM) it is necessary to allocate percentages to be attributed to each output FoR specified.
Listed below are a number of links to FoR codes. These have been divided into clusters at the 4-digit level.