Request Not to Assess
The ARC relies on impartial and independent peer review in the assessments of applications. Some projects have a Request Not to Assess process where individuals applying for funding can nominate people whom they do not wish to assess an application by completing and submitting a Request Not to Assess form through their Research Office in the relevant funding entities’ Research Management System (RMS). Funding entities' discourages requests to exclude assessors, as it limits the pool of available assessors for an application; however the funding entity recognises that there are situations in which some assessors should be excluded.
Before submitting a Request Not to Assess form, applicants should familiarise themselves with the ARC Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policy.
Only one request per application may be submitted. Up to three individuals only per application can be nominated without the need for further information.
The Request Not to Assess form in RMS will not validate if more than three names per application are entered.
All Request Not to Assess forms must be submitted in RMS through the Administering Organisation's Research Office by the date and time specified for the relevant grant opportunity.
Please note that RGS on behalf of the funding entity will only consider requests for named persons and will only use the information provided on the Request Not to Assess form in RMS. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the information provided on the form is correct, including spelling and variants of the name. RGS on behalf of the funding entity will not uphold requests to exclude institutions, departments or units.
Instructions on how to use RMS to submit a Request Not to Assess for an application is available for each Grant Opportunity located on GrantConnect and below.