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Health Sciences Performance Based Research Funding (PBRF)


 The Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF):

  • Distributes research funding in the tertiary education sector
  • Allocates research funds according to the quality of the research produced in each tertiary education organisation (TEO)
  • Takes into account the quality of the researchers, research degree completions, and external research income

PBRF seminars for Health Sciences staff November and December 2016

How do I improve my score?

Take a one-hour seminar with Dr Michele Coleman to get your portfolio polished, learn about improving your score, and the important time-critical steps:

  • 1–2pm Wednesday, 23 November, for Faculty of Dentistry staff, Blue Lecture Theatre
  • 1–2pm Monday, 28 November, Nordmeyer Lecture Theatre, UOW
  • 1–2pm Wednesday, 30 November, D'Ath Lecture Theatre
  • 1–2pm Monday, 5 December, Room 208, level 2, Microbiology Building
  • 1.30–2.30pm Monday, 12 December, Beaven Lecture Theatre, UOC

No registration necessary.

Seminar content

The PBRF 2018 assessment period is nearing its end. This presentation will outline how the Evidence Portfolio (EP) is judged, and how to present your data to maximise your scores.

We will cover the timeline between now and the submission date and what needs to be completed by certain cut off dates. We will revise the basic requirements for completion of a PBRF evidence portfolio (EP) and address the changes in the structure of the portfolio for 2018.

We will also cover the challenges and opportunities of including impact and engagement (both new categories) in Contributions to Research. We will offer some guidance on how to approach these categories. New and Emerging (N&E) researchers’ EPs have a slightly different structure, which we will cover along with “who is N&E?”.

Finally we will addresses the explicit panel-specific guidelines that have been published.

For enquiries email

The University of Otago's PBRF ranking

Our Schools of Pharmacy, Physiotherapy,  Dentistry and our Centre for  Postgraduate Nursing were the top academic units in their disciplines in  the 2012 PBRF Ranking and our Faculty of Medicine had 251 FTE of  staff ranked as A or B.  Our Christchurch School of Medicine has the highest rank of any School of Medicine in New Zealand, with a score of 5.4 and 68.4FTE of its staff ranked A or B. Our Medical Sciences departments also ranked  highly, for example Biochemistry, scoring 5.4, with 20 of its 35  staff ranked A or B.

 Visit the University of Otago's PBRF webpage for more information about our PBRF ranking.

PBRF Health Sciences contacts

For additional information on how to improve your PBRF evidence portfolio, please email one of the below contacts at the Health Sciences Divisional Office:

Dr Michele Coleman
Research and Development Manager

Dr Kerry Galvin
Scientific Officer