Foundation awards categories

Each year Alumni and Philanthropy awards funding to early career researchers (ECRs).

Ian Permezel Memorial Award

The Ian Permezel Memorial Award is supported by the RMIT Foundation. It recognises an RMIT Early Career Researcher who has undertaken superior research in the preceding five years and who is the principal author of a paper which has been accepted at an overseas international peer-reviewed conference. The Award application will include a high quality proposal to conduct research with a committed industry partner. This Award enables the winner to leverage new industry research funding opportunities and attend an international conference to present their paper.

Selection of the Ian Permezel Award recipient is by the Awards Committee with membership including the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation and Dr Melissa Permezel or nominee.

  1. Research-active Early Career Researchers with a substantive RMIT appointment, normally 0.6 FTE or above. Fixed term contract researchers must have 2 years remaining on their contract
  2. The ECR is the principal author of a paper which has been accepted at an overseas international peer-reviewed conference
  3. Winners not normally eligible again for a period of two years following receipt of this award.

RMIT Foundation awards selected from submissions. Each submission must include:

  • Completed Ian Permezel Application Form including detailed budget clearly showing all costs associated with attending the conference (Travel, accommodation etc.)
  • Two page proposal in 12 pt Times New Roman font (including references)
  • One page academic CV (outlining publications and any research income)
  • Letter of endorsement from Head of School
  • Copy of the acceptance advice for the proposed conference paper and its presentation from the conference organisers.

Each submission will be supplemented by an awards dossier compiled by the Research Office. The dossier comprises a Research Master report containing the previous five (5) years research output detailing HERDC reportable publications, grants, research supervision and research income.

The Ian Permezel Award will comprise:

  1. A cash prize of $5,000, paid into the research account of the awardee's School, to advance and support HDR supervision practice, scholarship and research
  2. A certificate signed by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (R&I)
  3. A permanent record of the award on an appropriate webpage (Honour Board) of the University

International Research Exchange Fellowships

The International Research Exchange Fellowships have been established to provide support to international researchers to visit RMIT and undertake a period of research activity with collaboration at RMIT as well as to support RMIT researchers in undertaking similar collaborative research activity overseas.

The maximum grant sought is not to exceed $10,000, and it should be noted that only applications requesting funding for bi-lateral exchanges will be considered.

The grant must be used primarily to cover the cost of travel, accommodation and per diem or honorarium. Any use of the grant outside of these areas may only be done with prior consultation and approval. Funding for seminars, lectures and other activities may be funded by the portfolio, school and research centre/group directly or by utilising additional external funding obtained through corporate or industry sponsorship or grant from another Trust or Foundation, or by the international host organisation. All applicants should ensure that they have developed an accurate costing for all proposed activities.

To be eligible to apply for an International Research Exchange Fellowship, applicants must be a member of RMIT University's academic staff and hold a continuing or fixed-term appointment for the duration of the Fellowship program. Prospective applicants who were recipients in 2016 or 2017 of Malcolm Moore, International Visiting Fellowships or International Research Exchange Fellowships are not eligible to apply in 2018.

In the case of an international researcher (the International Fellow) coming to RMIT, the applicant must demonstrate an established research connection between the international researcher and RMIT. Similarly, an RMIT researcher (the RMIT Fellow) proposing to travel overseas must demonstrate an established research connection with an overseas institution. The researcher travelling to/from RMIT should have a strong publication and grant record for the last 3 – 5 years.

At the closing date for applications (9 April 2018) applicants must not have any overdue progress and/or final reports for external or internal research grant funding. Applications which do not meet this criterion will be ruled ineligible.

Applicants can check the status of their reports by logging on to MyResearch@RMIT. (Please contact postaward@rmit.edu.au if your records need updating.)

Preference will be given to applications where evidence of matching external funding has been secured. Where the cost of the exchange exceeds $10,000, it is expected that applicants will source the balance of funds through other channels, including: a research grant, the applicant’s School or College, and the International Fellow’s institution.

Proposed Fellows are generally expected to be of the highest calibre in their field and have an international standing. Preference will be given to proposed Fellows whose research aligns with RMIT’S Enabling Capability Platforms (ECPs). Applicants are strongly encouraged to develop their applications in consultation with the relevant Director(s) of the following ECPs:

  • Advanced manufacturing and fabrication
  • Advanced materials
  • Biomedical and health innovation
  • Design and creative practice
  • Global business innovation
  • Information and systems (engineering)
  • Social change
  • Urban futures

Successful Fellows who are visiting RMIT will be required to participate in promotional activities regarding their visit. The visit to RMIT must include a lecture or seminar (of interest and open) to the wider community which could attract publicity.

All proposed visits should commence after 9 April 2018 but must have begun by 9 April 2019. Please note: visits that take place in 2019 will only be approved where the research funds can be demonstrated to be expended by 31 December 2018.

Any international researcher travelling to Australia must visit RMIT for a minimum period of one week. Similarly, any RMIT researcher travelling overseas must visit their international host institution for a minimum period of one week.

The grant must be used to cover the cost of travel, accommodation and per diem or honorarium as applicable. Any use of the grant outside of these areas may only be done with the prior consultation and approval from the Trustees (via the Research Office).

Portfolios, schools and research centres/groups are encouraged to secure a commitment of external funding, equivalent to that requested, through industry or corporate sponsorship or a grant from another external funding body.

 

Applications closed at 9am Monday 9 April 2018. In fairness to other applicants, no late submissions will be accepted.

Completed applications must be emailed as one pdf file to researchdevelopment@rmit.edu.au.

Applications will be shortlisted and reviewed by the respective College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) or delegate and forwarded to Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Capability, who will recommend which proposals are selected for funding.

Recipients must submit a written report to the Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Capability (via the Research Office), within 60 days of the end of the exchange, summarising the outcomes of the visit and how the grant was spent.

The research funds must be expended by 31 December 2018. No carry forwards into 2018 are permitted.

This award will be managed and promoted by the Research and Innovation Portfolio on behalf of Alumni and Philanthropy.

Please direct all queries to researchdevelopment@rmit.edu.au.

The grant recipient will acknowledge Alumni and Philanthropy in all relevant presentations, publications and media releases as appropriate.

International Visiting Fellowships

The International Visiting Fellowships have been established to support portfolios, schools and research centres/groups in attracting international leaders in their field to visit RMIT and present lectures, seminars or other activities relevant to teaching, learning and research. The maximum grant sought is not to exceed $10,000.

Portfolios, schools and research centres/groups applying for the grant are encouraged to match the value of the grant dollar for dollar preferably through external funding sources such as corporate or industry sponsorship or grants from another Trust or Foundation.

The grant must be used primarily to cover the cost of travel, accommodation and per diem or honorarium. Any use of the grant outside of these areas may only be done with the prior consultation and approval of the Trustees. Funding for seminars, lectures and other activities may be funded by the portfolio, school and research centre/group directly or by utilising additional external funding obtained through corporate or industry sponsorship or grant from another Trust or Foundation. All applicants should ensure that they have developed an accurate costing for all proposed activities.

The visit must include a lecture or seminar (of interest and open) to the wider community which could attract publicity. This should be staged at one of RMIT’s lecture theatres. Your school will provide assistance in promoting the visit, and Alumni Philanthropy can promote to alumni.

To be eligible to apply for an International Visiting Fellowship, applicants must be a member of RMIT University's academic staff and hold a continuing or fixed-term appointment for the duration of the Fellowship program. Prospective applicants who were recipients in 2016 or 2017 of Malcolm Moore, International Visiting Fellowships or International Research Exchange Fellowships are not eligible to apply in 2018.

At the closing date for applications (Monday 9 April 2018) applicants must not have any overdue progress and/or final reports for external or internal research grant funding. Applications which do not meet this criterion will be ruled ineligible.

Applicants are strongly advised to check the status of their reports by logging on to MyResearch@RMIT prior to submitting their applications. (Please contact postaward@rmit.edu.au if your records need updating.)

Preference will be given to applications where evidence of matching external funding has been secured.

Proposed Fellows are generally expected to be of the highest calibre in their field and have an international standing. Preference will be given to proposed Fellows whose research aligns with RMIT’S Enabling Capability Platforms (ECPs). Applicants are strongly encouraged to develop their applications in consultation with the relevant Director(s) of the following ECPs:

  • Advanced manufacturing and fabrication
  • Advanced materials
  • Biomedical and health innovation
  • Design and creative practice
  • Global business innovation
  • Information and systems (engineering)
  • Social change
  • Urban futures

Successful Fellows who are visiting RMIT will be required to participate in promotional activities regarding their visit. The visit to RMIT must include a lecture or seminar (of interest and open) to the wider community which could attract publicity.

All proposed visits should commence after 9 April 2019 but must have begun by 9 April 2019. Please note: visits that take place in 2019 will only be approved where the research funds can be demonstrated to be expended by 31 December 2018.

Portfolios, schools and research centres/groups are encouraged to secure a commitment of external funding, equivalent to that requested, through industry or corporate sponsorship or a grant from another external funding body.

Ideally each Visiting Fellow will be at RMIT for a minimum period of five days. In some exceptional circumstances, where candidates are leading internationals in their fields and have a large number of professional commitments, shorter visits will be supported.

The grant must be used primarily to cover the International Visiting Fellow’s cost of travel, accommodation and per diem or honorarium as applicable. Any use of the grant outside of these areas may only be done with the prior consultation and approval from the Trustees (via the Research Office).

Applications closed at 9am Monday 9 April 2018. In fairness to other applicants, no late submissions will be accepted.

Completed applications must be emailed as one pdf file to researchdevelopment@rmit.edu.au.

Applications will be shortlisted and reviewed by the respective College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) or delegate and forwarded to Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Capability, who will recommend which proposals are selected for funding.

Recipients must submit a written report to the Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Capability, (via the Research Office), within 60 days of the end of the visit, summarising its outcomes and how the grant was spent.

The research funds must be expended by 31 December 2018. No carry forwards into 2019 are permitted.

This award will be managed and promoted by the Research and Innovation Portfolio on behalf of Alumni and Philanthropy.

Please direct all queries to researchdevelopment@rmit.edu.au.

The successful portfolio, school, research centre/group will acknowledge Alumni and Philanthropy and the International Visiting Fellowship in all relevant presentations, publications and media releases as appropriate.

Malcolm Moore Industry Research Award

This award was established by the late Malcolm Moore through a perpetual bequest donated to the University. Malcolm was the proprietor and director of a structural engineering company, and throughout his life, he displayed a keen interest in the development of institutions for vocational education.

Two grants of up to $35,000 will be available to two early career researchers in 2018 to support industry-partnered research projects. The funds must be expended by 31 December 2018 and are to be used to cover costs associated with the research project, including consumables, travel, and research assistance, but are not to be used for teaching relief.

‘Industry’ is defined broadly and encompasses all forms of end users, including business, government enterprises, and community services, similar to the definition of ‘partner organisation’ in Australian Research Council Linkage Project grants. Note that for the purposes of this award, tertiary institutions are ineligible industry partners.

The intention is to support new partnerships. The continuation or extension of existing industry linkages (e.g. where existing contracts are in place) will not be considered. The applicant will need to explain why the proposal is a new partnership. Please read the FAQs for more information.

Based on the quality of applications received, the selection panel reserves the right to not make an award in any given year.

The funding scheme will be managed and promoted by the Research and Innovation Portfolio on behalf of Alumni and Philanthropy. Contact researchdevelopment@rmit.edu.au for further information.

The scheme is open to Early Career Researchers (ECRs) who:

  • are current RMIT staff members (continuing or fixed term with at least 2 years to continue after the application closing date of 9 April 2018)
  • have been awarded a PhD (or equivalent) after 9 April 2013 or after 9 April 2009 with career interruptions including maternity or parental leave, carer's responsibility, illness, or non-research employment
  • have an appointment of at least 0.6 FTE
  • are not prior recipients of a Malcolm Moore Industry Research Award.

Eligible applicants may submit only one application per round.

Applications must be submitted electronically by 9am on Monday 9 April 2018 as one PDF document to researchdevelopment@rmit.edu.au. In fairness to other applications, late applications will not be considered.

Applications must include the following:

  • a completed Malcolm Moore Industry Research Award application form
    • Note that the application form must be signed by the applicant's Head of School
  • proof of ethics approval (if applicable)
  • an intellectual property agreement (if applicable)
  • an academic CV
  • a letter from the industry partner*

*Note that the letter from the industry partner must:

  • include the official letterhead
  • be no more than two A4 pages
  • include a brief profile of the organisation
  • provide details of the Cash and/or In­kind Contributions
  • provide details regarding how the project aligns with the industry partner's organisational objectives
  • certify that if the project is funded by a Malcolm Moore Industry Research Award, it will enter into arrangements regarding intellectual property which do not unreasonably delay academic outputs
  • confirm that there is no existing linkage between them and RMIT and that the project will indeed be a new partnership if funded
  • be signed by the Chief Executive Officer, or delegate.

To be considered eligible for this funding scheme, all aforementioned documents must be submitted as one PDF document, and all must be compliant (e.g. page limit, font size, signed where applicable).

The recipient of the award will be expected to:

  • complete the project and expend the research funds by 31 December 2018 (the Malcolm Moore Industry Research Grant funds will not be available to the recipient until after May 2018)
  • within one month after the completion of the twelve month project, submit a report detailing the outcomes of the research project (e.g. scholarly publications/submissions) to the Research and Innovation Portfolio
  • possibly deliver a presentation to the Alumni and Philanthropy Board
  • acknowledge Alumni and Philanthropy and the Malcolm Moore Industry Research Grant in all relevant presentations, publications and media releases as appropriate.

The selection criteria are based on the:

  • quality of the project proposal and topic
  • applicant’s research track record
  • proposed research project alignment with RMIT’s Enabling Capability Platforms (ECPs). Applicants are strongly encouraged to develop their applications in consultation with the relevant Director(s) of the following ECPs:
    • Advanced manufacturing and fabrication
    • Advanced materials
    • Biomedical and health innovation
    • Design and creative practice
    • Global business innovation
    • Information and systems (engineering)
    • Social change
    • Urban futures
  • potential research outcomes.

Applications will be shortlisted and reviewed by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) or delegate and reviewed by the Sector Managers, Research Engagement and Business Development before being forwarded to the Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Innovation and Entrepreneurship, who will recommend which proposals are selected for funding. The Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Capability will then confirm these selections.

The following deadlines will be strictly adhered to where applicable.

  • applications accepted from: 9 March 2018
  • applications close: 9am on 9 April 2018
  • review of applications by panel: 10–31 April 2018
  • results announced: May 2018
  • funds available: May 2018
  • funds expended by: 31 December 2018
  • project outcome report submitted by: June 2019

The Malcolm Moore Industry Research Award will comprise:

  1. A grant of up to $35,000 paid into the research account of the awardee's school.
  2. A certificate signed by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President (Research and Innovation).
  3. A permanent record of the award on an appropriate webpage (Honour Board) of the University.
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