A research report for an external body is considered a non-traditional research output, and is defined as “a written research output commissioned or solicited by an external body such as a government department or private company” (ERA 2015 Specifications, p.50). Research reports for an external body became recognised as eligible research outputs for the first time in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015 exercise.
Sub-categories of research reports are as follows:
|Public Sector||A research report that has been undertaken for an Australian, state, territory, local, foreign or international government body or organisation.|
|Industry||A research report that has been undertaken for a company, industry organisation, industry peak body, or an employer/employee association.|
|Not-For-Profit||A research report that has been undertaken for a body or organisation operating in the not-for-profit sector.|
|Other||A research report undertaken for an organisation not covered by the above sub-categories.|
In addition to the ERA exercise, research reports for an external body are considered eligible research outputs for annual internal CSU assessments. All research reports published by a CSU staff member which meet the criteria outlined below should be submitted to the system for recognition within CSU as part of that staff member’s performance record.
In order to be eligible, the report must: