Melbourne’s research excellence

The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) is a major initiative of the Australian Research Council – funded by the Australian Government – to capture research excellence across the disciplines.

Australian universities are evaluated by the ERA on the quality of their research being undertaken, and uses national and international benchmarks, with the submissions evaluated by 155 Research Evaluation Committee members and 1300 peer reviewers from Australia and abroad.

Ratings are based on a variety of indicators relevant to different disciplinary areas, including citation profiles and peer reviews, and the information is submitted by universities and covers all eligible researchers and their research outputs.

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Delivering above world standard results

In 2015, at a national scale there were:

  • 432,747 publications
  • 67,579 researchers and related staff
  • A$9.9 billion of external research income
  • 936 patents
  • 96 discipline areas rated as 'well above world standard'
  • a large number of disciplines that rated 'above world standard' at multiple institutions in areas such as;    
    • biomedical engineering
    • neurosciences
    • condensed matter physics
    • human movement and sports science
    • nanotechnology
    • immunology
    • architecture
    • economics
    • psychology
    • astronomical and space sciences.

The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) case studies provides an overview of Victoria's research strengths by discipline and university, and profiles case studies of 'above world standard' by Victorian universities.

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