The Australian Research Council administers the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)—a federal initiative that aims to recognise and promote research excellence and to identify emerging research strengths in Australian universities.
ERA is a comprehensive evaluation of the quality of the research undertaken in all disciplines based on a suite of indicators and an extensive process of evaluation. Committees of national and international experts determine the final ratings of each assessed discipline. The last ERA evaluation was conducted in 2015.
ERA 2015 outcomes
98% of research rated world standard or above (based on volume of research outputs submitted at the broad (two-digit) level
- Broad fields assessed (2-digit FoRs) 18 of 19 rated world standard or above
- Specific fields assessed (4-digit FoRs) 54 rated world standard or above
|ERA 5 well above world standard||ERA 4 above world standard|
|02 Physical Sciences||0205 Optical Physics||1108 Medical Microbiology|
|0204 Condensed Matter Physics||0304 Medicinal & Biomolecular Chemistry||1112 Oncology & Carcinogenesis|
|0206 Quantum Physics||0406 Physical Geography & Environmental Geoscience||1115 Pharmacology & Pharmaceutical Sciences|
|03 Chemical Sciences||0502 Environmental Science & Management||1301 Education Systems|
|0302 Inorganic Chemistry||0503 Soil Sciences||1505 Marketing|
|0303 Macromolecular & Materials Chemistry||0801 Artificial Intelligence & Image Processing||1506 Tourism|
|05 Environmental Sciences||09 Engineering||16 Studies in Human Society|
|0501 Ecological Applications||0905 Civil Engineering||1607 Social Work|
|0602 Ecology||0906 Electrical & Electronic Engineering||1608 Sociology|
|1105 Dentistry||0907 Environmental Engineering||18 Law & Legal Studies|
|1110 Nursing||0912 Materials Engineering||1801 Law|
|1602 Criminology||11 Medical & Health Sciences||19 Studies in Creative Arts & Writing|
|1606 Political Science||1106 Human Movement & Sports Science||1902 Film, Television & Digital Media|
|21 History & Archaeology|
|2103 Historical Studies|
ERA 2015 evaluated research undertaken between 2008 and 2013. Griffith was assessed in 19 broad fields of research (two-digit FoRs) and 59 specific fields of research (four-digit FoRs).
- 98% of Griffith’s research outputs submitted at the two-digit level were rated world standard or above
- 18 of 19 Griffith’s broad (two-digit) fields of research that reached the assessment threshold were rated world standard or above
- 54 of 59 Griffith’s specific (four-digit) fields of research that reached the assessment threshold were rated world standard or above.
Previous rounds, ERA 2012 and ERA 2010, covered research undertaken between 2005-2010 and 2003-2008 respectively. For outcomes for Griffith and other Australian universities in the 2015 and previous rounds visit the ERA website.