Performance-based research funding

The Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF)

This is how the New Zealand government assesses research output and quality, and allocates research funding to tertiary institutions. Three measures determine how the funding is apportioned: i) Quality evaluation.  ii) Research degree completions. iii) External research income. In the latest round in 2012 the University of Auckland had 288 FTE or 35% of the A-rated researchers in the country.

PBRF Assessment Year Research Quality Average Score Staff -A   % Staff -B % Staff -C % PBRF Eligible FTE
2003 3.96 152 10.8% 518 36.7% 482 34.1% 1,411
2006 4.19 201 13.5% 532 35.9% 509 34.3% 1,483
2012 5.12 288 18.5% 636 40.9% 405 26.0% 1,555

Top subjects in 2012

Subject
Research Quality Average Score Staff -A   % Staff -B % Staff -C %
Engineering and Technology
5.3
40
22%
70
39%
70 39%
Clinical Medicine 6.1
26
32%
32.2
40%
23.4
29%
Biomedical
5.1
25.4
20%
47.7
37%
55.8
43%
Psychology 6 19.9 35% 16.9 30% 20.4 36%
Pure and Applied Mathematics 6.2 12 32% 15.2 41% 10 27%
Anthropology and Archaeology 6.5 9 36% 10 40% 6 24%
Law 5.5 9 17% 29.6 55% 15 11%
Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour 5.6 8.2 18% 25.9 56% 12.6 27%
Statistics 5.9 8 32% 8 32% 8.7 35%
Visual Arts and Crafts 6.9 7 39% 8 44% 3 17%
Economics 5.3 6.2 22% 11.1 38% 11.6
40%
Philosophy 6.1 6 25% 12.2 52% 5.5 23%
Physics 5.8 6 24% 12.2 48% 7 28%
History, History of Art, Classics and Curatorial Studies 5.1 5.5 15% 17.5 48% 13.6 37%
Human Geography 6.7 5 31% 8.8 55% 2.2 8%
Accounting and Finance 5.4 4.2 22% 8 42% 7 37%
Theatre and Dance, Film, Television and Multimedia 6 4 42% 1.5 16% 4 42%
English Language and Literature 5.2 2.2 15% 7.4 50% 5 34%
Māori Knowledge and Development 5.2 2 10% 11.5 60% 5.6 29%
Pharmacy 5.1 1.7 11% 8.5 56% 5 33%

For more information, please refer to the TEC website.