Review of the Performance-based Research Fund

The Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) is designed to encourage and reward excellent research in New Zealand’s degree granting organisations and allocate funding based on research performance.

Operation of the PBRF

Find out more about the operation of the PBRF on the Tertiary Education Commission website.

PBRF – Tertiary Education Commission (external link)

2019 Review of the Performance-based Research Fund

This periodic review of the PBRF will examine the ways Government can continue to support research excellence by improving the effectiveness and efficiency of PBRF settings and ensuring it delivers solid outcomes for learners, businesses, communities and New Zealand as a whole.

On 26 July 2019, the Ministry of Education announced the independent panel that will review the Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) in 2019, appointed by Associate Minister of Education Jenny Salesa and Minister of Education Chris Hipkins.

Appointments to the Performance-Based Research Fund Review Panel

The Panel, guided by the Terms of Reference that were approved by Cabinet in September 2018, will meet regularly from July – November to look at the Fund and its core aims; such as supporting greater collaboration in research and maintaining a sustainable diverse research workforce. 

Terms of Reference for the 2019 PBRF Review [PDF, 750 KB]

Public submissions to the 2019 PBRF Review Panel

The independent panel is inviting public submissions on the issues in the Terms of Reference for the 2019 PBRF Review. This will help inform its independent report with any recommendations for change to the PBRF.

Submissions will be accepted from Friday 30 August 2019 – Friday 11 October 2019.

The panel has prepared a submission template with a range of guiding questions based on the Terms of Reference issues they are considering.

The Panel is inviting individuals or groups with an interest or insights into how the PBRF settings could be improved to use this template for their submission.

In addition, following the Review, and after Government Ministers have considered the panel’s report, public consultation will be undertaken early next year on any proposals for reform.

Send submissions by email to the 2019 PBRF Review Panel by Friday 11 October.


Terms of Reference for the 2019 PBRF Review [PDF, 750 KB]




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