Victoria's research excellence

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

The ERA initiative evaluates the quality of the research being undertaken in Australian universities using national and international benchmarks, with the submissions evaluated by 155 Research Evaluation Committee members and 1,300 peer reviewers from Australia and abroad. The ratings are based around a variety of indicators relevant to different disciplinary areas, including citation profiles and peer reviews. The information is submitted by universities and covers all eligible researchers and their research outputs.

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At a national scale, the 2015 figures make impressive reading: 432,747 publications; 67,579 researchers and related staff; AU$9.9 billion of external research income; and 936 patents. Notably, ninety-six discipline areas were rated as 'well above world standard', and numerous disciplines 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, and Astronomical and Space Sciences.

The Victoria's Research Excellence: ERA Case Studies publication provides an at-a-glance breakdown of Victoria's research strengths by discipline and university. It also includes pertinent case studies of above world standard research undertaken by Victorian universities.

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Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) Case Studies