PBRF 2025 Quality Evaluation

PBRF 2025 Quality Evaluation

Last updated 3 August 2021
Last updated 3 August 2021

This page includes information on the PBRF Quality Evaluation 2025. 

The next PBRF Quality Evaluation will be held in 2025. In July 2021, the Government announced changes to the PBRF, based on the independent review conducted in 2019 and further targeted consultation. These include changes to the Quality Evaluation.

The TEC is establishing a Sector Reference Group (SRG) to provide advice and recommendations to us on operational changes to the design of the 2025 Quality Evaluation. The SRG will convene in September 2021, and will meet until June 2023 when the final Guidelines for Quality Evaluation 2025 will be published.

What is the Quality Evaluation?

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

The Quality Evaluation process is based on the submission and assessment of Evidence Portfolios. Peer review panels assess Evidence Portfolios against agreed standards and this process is moderated by the Principal Moderator and Deputy Moderators.

Participating TEOs are also required to review their staff against the eligibility criteria and participate in our audit processes.

Once peer review panel decisions have been made and approved, the results are given to each participating TEO and a report on the Quality Evaluation results is published.