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PBRF Support: PBRF

Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF)

AUT staff can find more information about the PBRF on AUTi.

The PBRF system is a 'mixed model' with three components:

External Research Income (20% of PBRF fund)

  • Frequency: annual

  • Calculated: rolling 3 year average

Research Degree Completions (25% of PBRF fund)

  • Frequency: annual

  • Calculated: rolling 3 year average

  • Masters by thesis/project and Doctorates (>0.75 EFTs or 90+ credits with a wholly research component)

Quality Evaluation of Staff (55% of PBRF fund)

  • Frequency: 2003, 2006 (partial), 2012, 2018

  • Calculated: on the basis of the last assessment

All 3 components provide a rich volume of data regarding research activity with significant information being made public, various rankings and a multitude of analyses being conducted.

The staff quality evaluation is designed to assess the quality of an individual’s research contribution through the external peer review of their research as presented in their evidence portfolio (EP).

The result of an individual researcher's assessment is a quality category:

  • A, B, C, C(NE), R, or R(NE)
    (NE=new and emerging)

The quality categories have funding weightings attached to reflect their PBRF funding value:

  • A=5, B=3, C(NE)=2, C=1, R or R(NE)=0

Example of funding in 2008:

  • A = $33,500 to $83,000
  • B = $20,067 to $50,155
  • C or C(NE) = $6,600 to $16,700
    depending on subject weighting (e.g. Education 1 vs Public health 2.5) and FTE.
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PBRF - What Counts as Research?

  • Research is original investigation undertaken in order to contribute to knowledge and understanding and, in the case of some disciplines, cultural innovation or aesthetic refinement.
  • It typically involves enquiry of an experimental or critical nature driven by hypotheses or intellectual positions capable of rigorous assessment by experts in a given discipline.
  • It is an independent, creative, cumulative and often long-term activity conducted by people with specialist knowledge about the theories, methods and information concerning their field of enquiry. Its findings must be open to scrutiny and formal evaluation by others in the field and this may be achieved through publication or public presentation.
  • In some disciplines, the investigation and its results may be embodied in the form of artistic works, designs or performance.

Useful Contacts

Danu Poyner
Manager, Research systems & performance
University Research & Innovation Office
(ph) 09 921 9999 ext 6509, 

  • Within your faculty, you should seek PBRF advice from the Associate Dean (Research) and the Research Manager/Administrator.
  •  Guidance and further resources to help you in PBRF evidence portfolio completion are also provided on AUTi.

Help from AUT Library

Your Liaison Librarian and Research Support Coordinator can help you find:

  • journal rankings
  • impact factors and other journal metrics
  • citations of your outputs
  • the correct bibliographic details for your output
  • fulltext articles
  • journal publisher details