Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC)
One research financial obligation is Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) reporting. HERDC is the annual research income and publication data submitted by all universities to the Federal Department of Education and Training.
Separately, other areas of UNSW also provide statistics related to Higher Degree Research (HDR) and from the Higher Education Student Collection process.
The funding UNSW receives from the Federal Government for research block grants (RBG) is determined by using both the HERDC returns and the other statistics UNSW provides related to Higher Degree Research (HDR) Students. The average for the previous two years is the basis of the funding.
The specific research block grants (RBG) are:
- Research Infrastructure Block Grants (RIBG)
- Sustainable Research Excellence (SRE)
- Joint Research Engagement (JRE)
- Research Training Scheme (RTS)
- Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA)
- International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS)
The HERDC Return
There are two categories to the return: research income and research publications.
The income in the return is based on the previous calendar year and due to the Federal Department of Education and Training on 30 June every year. The return includes an audit certificate completed by an independent external qualified auditor which certifies that the research income is correct.
The return is split into four categories:
- Australian competitive grants
- Other public sector income
- Industry and other research income
- Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) research income.
The income return must:
- Meet the definition of "research"
- Show that funding has from an external source
- Confirm the original funding purpose was for research
- Only report net receipted income (income that remains on our books after shared grants have been transferred out)
- State that an official contract or agreement is in place for the research to be done - an email, for example, is not sufficient.
Finance works closely with the Office of the Vice-President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) to collect and collate the research income across UNSW.
The research publications return is completed by UNSW Library and they work closely with the Office of the Vice-President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research). This is also grouped into four categories:
- Book chapters
- Journal articles
- Conference publications
HERDC publications, contact the UNSW Library Research Reporting Unit on ext 52678.