The selection process for programs managed by the ARC through RGS often includes assessments by external peer reviewers in parallel with the assessment, moderation and overall ranking provided by the program’s Selection Advisory Committee (SAC).
These programs often include a rejoinder process, the purpose of which is to allow applicants to respond to assessment comments made by external assessors. The assessment comments provided by external assessors are made available to applicants prior to the final assessments conducted by the SAC. This also provides an important feedback mechanism that can help researchers when drafting future applications.
Rejoinders are not viewed by external assessors but are considered by the SAC when deciding the overall ranking of an application. It is therefore important to carefully review the comments provided by external assessors and provide clear responses to any points raised.