Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC)

About the HERDC

The Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) comprises of research income and research publications data submitted by universities each year. Each year, the department updates the HERDC specifications in consultation with universities and other relevant stakeholders. The HERDC specifications control the collection of higher education research data and are designed to ensure the Australian Government’s research block grants are allocated in a fair and transparent way and to support the policy intent of the funding. 

Data collected will be used, along with data from the Higher Education Student Data Collection, for determining allocations to universities for the following programs:

Note: The JRE replaced the Institutional Grants Scheme (IGS) from 2010.

2013 HERDC Specifications

The 2013 HERDC Specifications for the collection of 2012 data  | are now available.

The department has revised the 2013 HERDC Specifications taking into account the work undertaken by the Higher Education Research Data Committee's HERDC Publications Review Working Group, as well as comments received from the sector. The 2013 HERDC Specifications were endorsed by Universities Australia (via its Pro and Deputy Vice-Chancellors (Research) (P-DVC-R) Committee) on 3 May 2013.

For enquiries relating to the specifications of the collection, please email: RBGrants@innovation.gov.au with "HERDC" as the subject line.

Technical Advice - Calculation of Book Chapter Values for an Author

This spreadsheet provides assistance for research officers to attribute book chapter values to an author for HERDC Return 2 (Research Publications):  [XLS 38KB]


Historical Information - HERDC Specifications

2012 Specifications

  • 2012 HERDC Specifications for the collection of 2011 data |

2011 Specifications

2010 Specifications

2009 Specifications 

 2008 Specifications

  • 2008 HERDC Specifications for the collection of 2007 data

2007 Specifications

  • 2007 HERDC Specifications for the collection of 2006 data |

Further Information

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