The Performance Based Research Fund has been used for 16 years to count and evaluate research outputs in the tertiary education sector, and to allocate research funding to institutions.
Since it began operating there have been questions about its usefulness, and these questions and concerns have grown stronger over time – even from those who helped to develop the system.
PBRF is now being reveiwed to see if it is fit for purpose, encourages quality research, delivers for New Zealand communities, is easy to administer, and encourages all research.
Now’s the time for us to have our say.
You could complete the full evaluation and copy us in to the email email@example.com; OR complete the six questions below and we’ll make sure your comments get through to the review panel.
The closing date for submissions is 11 October.
Question 1: What will ensure that the PBRF as a funding mechanism allows the tertiary education sector to meet current and future challenges and priorities in the research system and in the research-led teaching environment?
Question 2: Should the government move away from an individual-based assessment to a group-based assessment? Would this boost collaboration, support workforce development and sustainability, and reduce compliance costs?
Question 3: How do we encourage and reward research that has tangible impacts for communities, the environment, businesses or government sectors?
Question 4: What could be done to reduce the time and resources that research staff, tertiary organisations and government put into the PBRF process while still meeting the objectives of the fund?
Question 5: How can PBRF better support the research activity of all types of research, including basic, applied, creative, mātauranga Māori research, and Pacific or other cultural research perspectives?
Question 6: How do we ensure that whatever evaluation process is used, tertiary education organisations are encouraged to hire and support a diverse workforce?