National priorities and codes are used in grant applications, on Certification Forms and are also relevant for Excellence in Research Australia (ERA). Priorities provide a focus for strategic investment in Australian research and classification codes provide a framework in which to report on both the inputs and outcomes of that research by type and category.
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC) is a set of three classifications developed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to measure and analyse research and development (R&D) undertaken in Australia and New Zealand. The three constituent classifications included in the ANZSRC are: Type of Activity (TOA), Fields of Research (FOR), and Socio-economic Objective (SEO).
National Priorities are available on the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science website.
The Type of Activity (TOA) classification allows R&D activity to be categorised according to the following types of research effort:
- Pure basic research
- Strategic basic research
- Applied research
- Experimental development
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) provides definitions and guidelines for classifying R&D by TOA here.
The Field of Research (FOR) code allows R&D activity to be categorised according to the methodology used in the R&D, rather than the activity of the unit performing the R&D or the purpose of the R&D. It is a hierarchical classification with three levels, namely Divisions (2 digits), Groups (4 digits) and Fields (6 digits). Each level is identified by a unique number.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) provides a full list of FOR Codes here.
The Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) classification allows R&D activity in Australia and New Zealand to be categorised according to the intended purpose or outcome of the research, rather than the processes or techniques used in order to achieve this objective. The SEO is a hierarchical classification with four levels, namely Sector (letter), Divisions (2 digits), Groups (4 digits) and Objectives (6 digits).
Many funding organisations require detailed information about the University as part of their application process or within their contracts. Below is a list of commonly requested details for Flinders University, which can be used for applications and contracts:
In order to meet the requirements of the funding body or to ensure your funding proposal is competitive, you may require Flinders University to commit funding towards your project. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) has established a strategy, guidelines and procedure for researchers who are seeking central funding support for new research initiatives.
Once you have read and understood the Flinders University Co-investment Strategy, you can download the Co-investment Request Form here.
All external research grant applications, formal expressions of interest, and contracts or agreements requiring execution by the University require a fully completed Certification Form. This ensures that your proposed research has the required internal and external authorisations, and is recorded and reported on by the University.
You can access the Certification Form here.
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