Research undertaken in the nation’s universities not only delivers in terms of quality but also delivers in terms of real-world impact on the everyday lives of Australians, the global community and business and industry – as verified by the Federal Government’s first assessment of research impact and engagement.
The Impact assessment exercise has confirmed the role of the Go8 – which spends $6.4 billion annually on its research effort – as Australia’s leading research-intensive universities, both in the quality and impact of its research.
“Today’s (March 29 2019) results confirm that our research delivers life-changing impact in and for the Australian community,” Go8 Chief Executive Vicki Thomson said.
“For the Go8, we are pleased that 93% of our research is rated with substantial impact and 54% rated at the highest level of impact. This includes examples of high impact in each of the 25 research disciplines assessed – from Science, Engineering and Medicine to Humanities Arts and Social Sciences and also in Indigenous and Interdisciplinary research.
“These results are a strong endorsement of the results released earlier for Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) which showed that 99.6% of Go8 research is rated by the Government as world class or above.
“Quality and impact from research go hand-in-hand. Importantly these results underscore the economic impact of the Go8’s research effort which contributes some $24.5 billion to the national economy each year,” Ms Thomson said.
“These are important messages for the Australian community that they can have confidence in the research conducted on their behalf by Australian universities. They are also important messages for a Government that slashed $328.5 million from research funding in the last Mid-Year Economic Forecast (MYEFO) and in the context of a soon to be called Federal election.”