Research, Publishing and PBRF

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PBRF - Performance Based Research Fund

What is PBRF?

The Performance-Based Research Fund was established by the Ministry of Education and the Tertiary Education Commission in 2003.

The purpose of the PBRF is to ensure that excellent research in the tertiary education sector is encouraged and rewarded.  This means assessing the research performance of tertiary education organizations (TEOs) and then funding them on the basis of their performance.

In order to meet these aims, the prime focus of the PBRF is on rewarding and encouraging excellence.

Am I eligible for PBRF?

Unitec, as your Tertiary Education Organisation (TEO), is responsible for determining your eligibility for PBRF. The underpinning principle for staff eligibility for PBRF is that staff have made or will make a significant contribution to teaching (at degree level or higher) and/or research at a New Zealand TEO.  For detailed criteria see the section on eligibility in PBRF: TEO Guide pg 14.

Things to note, from PBRF: Staff Guide pg6:

  • Teaching only staff may still be eligible.
  • Staff who are contracted may still be eligible.
  • You do not have to have produced a book in this time to be eligible

What is quality evaluation?

The Quality Evaluation is an assessment of the research performance of staff at participating tertiary education organizations (TEOs) by an expert peer-review panel. It is held periodically and is the major component of the Performance-based Research Fund (PBRF).

The next Quality Evaluation round will be held in 2018.

What is an Evidence Portfolio?

An Evidence Portfolio (EP) is a selection of a staff member's research outputs over the time of the review.  It is used for the Quality Evaluation part of the PBRF process. The EP is submitted to one of 13 subject-specific peer review panels for evaluation. For information on how to complete an EP see the PBRF: TEO guide, pg. 29.

Researcher Identity and Tools to Promote Research

Tools to promote your professional or scholarly presence online:

ORCID -  a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in manuscript, grant submission, and more, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities. 

ResearchGate - a place to share, collaborate, find and get statistics for your research.

Academia -   a way to share papers with millions of people across the world for free.

Mendeley - a free reference manager and academic social network to help you organize your research, collaborate with others, and discover the latest research.

IEEE Collaborate - a free integrated online community where technology professionals can network, collaborate, and create in one central hub.

Twitter, LinkedInFacebook and other social media platforms can help you announce your published work and link to your article. Encourage sharing by using hashtags for your subject or tag co-authors and department colleagues who may want to share your work.

WordPress, Blogger, Viber, Wix, Weebly, Squarespace, Jimdo etc use these tools to create your professional website.

PBRF Help

Unitec ROMS information and login

Unitec Research Office ROMS (Research Output Management System) information PBRF Researcher Guidelines can be found here.