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The Performance Based Research Fund is a New Zealand tertiary education funding process, assessing the research performance of tertiary education organisations (TEOs) and then funding them on the basis of their performance. Students attend a lecture at a tertiary institution. ...

Between 2004 and 2007 the PBRF is progressively replacing the current EFTS (equivalent full-time student) 'top-up' funding for research. The PBRF model has three elements to:

  • reward and encourage the quality of researchers—60 percent of the fund
  • reflect research degree completions—25 percent of the fund
  • reflect external research income—15 percent of fund


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Quality evaluation

The major element, the Quality Evaluation, is held periodically. The first was held in 2003 and the second, a partial round (not all staff are required to submit portfolios), was held in 2006. The next full round is scheduled for 2012. However, experience with the 2003 round, and developments in Australia and the United Kingdom suggest that the 2012 round may, in the event, not occur.

Each Quality Evaluation assesses the quality of research conducted at TEOs, and funding is allocated accordingly. Quality is determined by an assessment of research degree completion numbers, the amount of external research funding an institution achieves, and an evaluation of the individual research performance of all academic staff teaching on degrees or employed to conduct research.

Each academic staff member is required (with some exceptions) to submit an Evidence Portfolio which records their research outputs, contribution to research environment, and peer esteem. They are then assessed as A, B, C or R category. The A indicates international standing, B national, C local and R research inactive or active at a lower level.

From 2006 two new categories, C(NE) and R(NE) were introduced, for new and emerging researchers who have not yet had the benefit of a full six year census period. Each staff member is assigned a numerical grade (in 2006 5 for an A, 3 for a B, 1 for a C or C (NE), and 0 for R and R (NE)). This is used to calculate an overall score. Since the numerical scores assigned for the 2003 assessment and that for the 2006 assessment differed, the results of the two assessments are not entirely comparable, despite the 2006 assessment being designed to be a partial round. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ...

In asssessing individuals PBRF differs from the otherwise similar Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in the United Kingdom. The Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) is an exercise undertaken every 5 years on behalf of the four UK higher education funding councils (HEFCE, SHEFC, HEFCW, DELNI) to evaluate the quality of research undertaken by British higher education institutions. ...

New Zealand universities

PBRF rankings of New Zealand universities, as of 2006:

Rank University No. of staff 2006 Quality score 2003 Quality score
1 Otago 1145 4.22 3.23
2 Auckland 1483 4.19 3.96
3 Canterbury 622 4.10 3.83
4 Victoria 708 3.83 3.39
5 Waikato 502 3.73 2.98
6 Massey 1113 3.05 2.11
7 Lincoln 215 2.97 2.56
8 AUT 382 1.86 0.77
National average 2.96 2.59
  • Note: the number of staff and the quality score are weighted for full-time equivalents.
  • The national average includes non-university TEOs.

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  • 2006 results, accessed 4 May 2007
  • [1] (PDF), Fig. 5.2, p. 49, accessed 11 January 2006; also Performance-Based Research Fund - Evaluating Research Excellence: the 2003 assessment

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  • Performance Based Research Fund



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