Research Classification Codes

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About Research Classification using Codes                  

Fields of Research    

The ANZSRC Fields of Research codes are used to classify R&D activity according to the research undertaken. In this respect, it is the nature of the R&D itself that is being categorised, rather than the purpose of the R&D or the activity of the performing unit.    

The categories in the classification include recognised academic disciplines and related major sub-fields taught at universities or tertiary institutions, major fields of research investigated by national research institutions and organisations, as well as emerging areas of study. While this classification includes specialised fields of national interest, it generally reflects the overall structure of disciplinary fields.

Each research project is to be given at least one FoR code (and up to a maximum of three): a research funding coversheet cannot be processed and account numbers cannot be issued without research codes.    

Socio-Economic Objectives    

The socio-economic objective classification allows R&D activity in Australia and New Zealand to be categorised according to the intended purpose or outcome of the research, rather than the processes or techniques used in order to achieve this objective.    

The purpose categories include processes, products, health, education and other social and environmental aspects in Australia and New Zealand that R&D activity aims to improve.    

It is usually the general answer to “Why are you researching it?”    

JCU's Tropical Research Themes    

James Cook University is a leader in research addressing the critical challenges facing the tropics, world-wide. A defining feature of JCU is its tropical location and its research excellence in disciplines of particular relevance to the tropics.    

As outlined in the University's statement of strategic intent, we are committed to providing shape and direction to our research by alignment to four major themes:    

  • Tropical Ecosystems and Environment
  • Industries and Economies in the Tropics
  • Peoples and Societies in the Tropics
  • Tropical Health, Medicine and Biosecurity