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Research performance

ECU is committed to undertaking high-quality research which has strong social, economic, environmental and cultural impact.

As a researcher or research student, you are encouraged to undertake research in alignment with these goals.

External reporting

Externally, all data is reported to the Department of Education for the Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) and the Australian Research Council as part of ECU’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) submission.

These performance outcomes subsequently drive the allocation of Research Block Grant Funding to the University.

Internal reporting

Within ECU, aggregated summaries of performance are produced at the University, Faculty, School and Research Centre level.

Research performance data is then used to determine internal Research Block Grant Funding distributions – that is, the sharing of the funding provided by the Federal Government for University research – and can be used to inform School and Research Centre reviews, individual staff performance management discussions and academic promotion applications.


ECU’s ASPIRE scheme provides researchers with guidance about what the University values when it comes to research performance.

ASPIRE – Acknowledging Successful Performance in Research Excellence – is a system for measuring and quantifying research performance which rewards researchers for research activity and quality.

It also provides incentives towards the ongoing enhancement of ECU’s overall level of research excellence.

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