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Request for a review of an Assessment - NISDRG

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To request the ARC to review an assessment, a Assessment Review Form - NISDRG must be submitted through the RO of the Administering Organisation. The form must:

  • have all fields completed, including an adequate justification. Incomplete forms will not be processed.
  • meet one or more of the criteria that may be selected for review
  • be certified by the Research Office Manager level or equivalent
  • be received within 3 working days after opening of the Rejoinder period for all Research Grants Services managed grant opportunities.

Completed forms should be emailed from the Administering Organisation to ARC-NISDRG@arc.gov.au.

Click here to access the Assessment Review Form - NISDRG from the Resource Hub

Late requests will not be accepted, except in exceptional circumstances.

On receipt of a completed request form, the ARC, on behalf of ONI and Defence will:

  • acknowledge receipt of the form via email to the Administering Organisation
  • review the request
  • decide upon a course of action
  • notify the Administering Organisation of the decision via email.

It is at the absolute discretion of the ARC, which course of action will be undertaken, including: 

  • Determining that no change is required to an assessment – where the decision is not to change, alter or remove the assessment, Administering Organisations will be advised that participants should address all assessor comments within their Rejoinder.
  • Requesting the assessor to amend assessment text – the ARC will attempt to contact the detailed assessor and ask that they modify the assessment text.  

    The ARC, on behalf of ONI and Defence will not make recommendations or provide advice to assessors on the content of their assessments except in reference to the inappropriate assessment criteria. In order to maintain an independent process, only assessments that meet the strict criteria as detailed on the NISDRG Review Request form will be requested to be amended.

    In the event that the assessment text cannot be amended by an assessor, the ARC, on behalf of ONI and Defence will decide whether the assessment should remain or should be removed from the peer review process and the Administering Organisation will be advised of the outcome.
    • If the assessment is removed, it will no longer be visible in the specific portal of RMS and will no longer be part of the peer review process. 
    • If the assessment remains, Administering Organisations will be advised that participants should address all assessor comments within their Rejoinder and the ARC, on behalf of ONI and Defence will bring the issue to the attention of the NISDRG SAC.
  • Removing the assessment – where the decision is to remove the assessment from the peer review process, this will be actioned by the ARC, on behalf of ONI and Defence with notification via email to the Administering Organisation. The assessment will no longer be visible in the specific portal of RMS and will no longer be part of the peer review process. Only assessments that meet the strict criteria as detailed on the NISDRG Review Request form will be removed.

Reviews will be carried out in a timely manner to assist Administering Organisations and participants to complete their Rejoinder as soon as possible. Please be prepared to finalise your Rejoinder immediately after notification of the outcome.

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