Funding Codes: FoR/SEO

When completing your funding application you may be requested to nominate Field of Research (FoR) codes and Socio-economic Objective Classification (SEO) codes to categorise your research. These codes are used in official statistics to analyse the nature of R&D undertaken in Australia. The classifications are used in conjunction with industrial and institutional sector classifications to produce a set of official statistics which support a variety of user interests.

Field of Research (FoR)

This classification allows both R&D activity and other activity within the higher education sector to be categorised. It allows R&D activity to be categorised according to the field of research undertaken. In this respect, it is the nature of the R&D which is being examined.

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Socio-economic Objective Classification (SEO)

This classification allows R&D to be categorised according to the purpose of the R&D as perceived by the data provider (researcher). It consists of discrete economic, social, technological or scientific domains for identifying the principal purpose of the R&D. The attributes applied to the design of the SEO Classification comprise a combination of processes, products, health, education and other social and environmental aspects of particular interest.

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Last reviewed: 11 February, 2010