RMIT Research Excellence and Impact Awards and Prizes

Each year the RMIT Research Excellence and Impact Awards and Prizes recognise and celebrate the research achievements of staff including Early Career Researchers and Higher Degree by Research candidates who have made significant contributions to research excellence and impact, and research training.

Research Excellence Awards and Prizes

RMIT Research Excellence – Team Award

The RMIT Research Excellence - Team Award recognises a team of RMIT researchers who have collectively demonstrated excellence in their research activity. This is evidenced by their collective track record and performance in attracting major competitive and other external research funding, dissemination of research outcomes, patents, HDR supervisions and completions and citations and other contributions relevant to the discipline demonstrating esteem, impact or leadership.

The purpose of this Award is to recognise and encourage outstanding teams of researchers undertaking research that is of major importance in its field and who have made a significant contribution in advancing knowledge and research outcomes.

The Research Awards Panel has the discretion to consider any nominations for more than one category of award, including categories under both the Vice-Chancellor’s Research Awards and Prizes and the RMIT Research Awards and Prizes. Selection of award recipients is by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation based on recommendations of the Awards Panel. 

Nominations are restricted to one category per nominee, however the Research Awards Panel has the discretion to consider any eligible nominations for more than one category of award, including categories under the RMIT Research Awards. 

 Those eligible for nomination are: 

  • Research-active academic staff who have had a substantive appointment, normally 0.4 FTE or above, for a minimum of 2 years as at the closing date for the awards (the nominated leader must meet this condition) 
  • For those eligible research-active academic staff on fixed-term contracts, the RMIT appointment must be current until the end of 2020 (the nominated team leader must meet this condition)
  • Not have received the same award in the preceding 5 years
  • Research Centres/Institutes are not eligible to apply for the team award

The Award is open to all research teams. A team must be nominated by an RMIT academic staff member. All nominations must address the selection criteria and include two statements of endorsement. One statement of endorsement must be made by the nominator but the second may be either a RMIT academic or an external person who is familiar with the nominee’s field of research and achievements and who can comment on the nominee’s performance against the selection criteria.  All nominations must be endorsed by the relevant Dean/Head of School. The Dean/Head of School can also be the nominator. Please refer to the nomination process for details.

Nominations will be judged on a range of criteria that collectively demonstrate excellence in their research activity and may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Significance of the research in contributing to new knowledge and/or innovations in the discipline.
  • Evidence of sustained and excellent performance, particularly in the past five years. Performance should be considered against quality indicators and norms for research performance within a given discipline, in addition to more general measures of competitive research grant or commercial research income, publications and student completions, or supporting documentation for Creative Works, exhibitions etc.
  • Demonstrated national and international recognition and impact of the research.
  • Evidence of research leadership (eg, encouraging teamwork, mentoring and training of early career researchers and HDR students).
  • Demonstrated behaviour aligned to the RMIT values (in particular Inclusion)
  • Other contributions demonstrating esteem, impact or leadership beyond the discipline.

Nominees should be aware that the Awards Panel will use information in Research Master to validate evidence provided in nominations. Please ensure that all reportable research output information has been submitted via online form which can be found here.

The University Research Excellence Team Award will comprise:

  1. A cash prize of $3000, paid into an appropriate research account of the team, to advance and support Research supervision practice, scholarship and research of the team
  2. A team 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.
  4. Commemorative Trophy

RMIT Award for Innovative Research Supervision

The RMIT Award for Innovative Research Supervision is established to recognise HDR supervisors who have made a distinctive or innovative contribution to research training practice at RMIT.

Selection of award recipients is by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation based on recommendations of the Awards Panel. 

Nominations are restricted to one category per nominee, however the Research Awards Panel has the discretion to consider any eligible nominations for more than one category of award.

In order to be eligible nominees must:

  • Be research-active academic staff who have had a substantive RMIT appointment, normally 0.4 FTE or above, for a minimum of 2 years as at the closing date for the awards OR
  • Be a current research-active academic staff member until the end of 2020, for those on fixed-term contracts.
  • Be a category 1 registered supervisor currently engaged in research supervision at RMIT.
  • Have a supervision record of at least 5 HDR completions
  • Have an overall positive ratio of HDR completions to non-completions.

Previous recipients of an RMIT Award for Innovative Research Supervision are not eligible to apply. 

This award is open to all staff who meet the eligibility criteria. Staff must be nominated by an RMIT academic staff member (with the nominee’s consent). Nominations must include the following: 

  • a completed Nomination form addressing the selection criteria
  • endorsement from the relevant Dean/Head of School
  • a supporting statement which addresses the selection criteria prepared by the relevant HDR co-ordinator, or Deputy Dean/Head R&I if the nominee is an HDR Coordinator;
  • a supporting statement from an HDR graduate;
  • the nominee’s short CV

Please refer to the nomination process for details.    

Innovative supervision can be demonstrated by evidence of engagement in high quality research training practice which has demonstrably led to a transformative student experience.

In considering nominations, the Awards Panel will consider evidence that the supervisor is:

  • Enhancing student learning through integrating students into peer and/or professionally based networks or communities of practice.
  • Enhancing student learning through forming supervisory teams that incorporate interdisciplinary or industry based representatives.
  • Enhancing research outcomes and impact through initiatives aimed at supporting dissemination of research outcomes through publications or other appropriate research outputs.
  • Supporting student engagement and learning by using other innovative practices.
  • Demonstrated behaviour aligned to the RMIT values

Nominees should be aware that the Awards Panel will use information in ResearchMaster to validate research outputs provided in nominations. Please ensure that all reportable outputs information is submitted via online form which can be found here.  

The RMIT Award for Innovative Research Supervision will comprise:

  1. A cash prize of $3000, paid into the research account of the awardee, to advance and support their research 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.
  4. Commemorative Trophy

RMIT Award for Excellence – Graduate Research Leadership

The RMIT Award for Graduate Research Leadership was established in 2017 to recognise an HDR coordinator or supervisor who demonstrates inspirational and effective local graduate research leadership at school, faculty or other academic unit level.  

Selection of the award recipient is by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation based on recommendations of the Awards Panel. 

The recipient of this award is nominated by RMIT for the Australian Council of Graduate Research Award for Excellence in Graduate Research Leadership the following year.

Nominations are restricted to one category per nominee, however the Research Awards Panel has the discretion to consider any eligible nominations for more than one category of award.

In order to be eligible nominees must:

  • Be an academic staff member who has been an HDR supervisor with a continuing or contract position at RMIT, at no less than 0.4 EFT for a minimum of two years at the time of nomination and with a position end date until the end of 2020.
  • Be a category 1 registered supervisor currently engaged in supervision, with a supervision record of at least 5 HDR completions.

Previous recipients of an RMIT Award for Excellence – Graduate Research Leadership are not eligible to apply.

This award is open to all staff who meet the eligibility criteria. Staff must be nominated by an RMIT academic staff member (with the nominee’s consent). Nominations must  include the following:

  • a completed nomination form addressing the selection criteria
  • endorsement from the relevant Dean/Head of School
  • a supporting statement which addresses the selection criteria prepared by HDR graduates and/or academic colleagues with supervision expertise or HDR responsibilities
  • a supporting statement from an HDR graduate and/or academic colleagues with supervision expertise or HDR responsibilities;
  • Additional optional statement providing evidence of particular initiatives or candidates’ achievements
  • the nominee’s short CV

Please refer to the nomination process for details.

In considering nominations, the Awards Panel will consider evidence of:

  • initiatives that have enabled a strong and supportive intellectual community for HDR candidates within their academic unit
  • contribution to the development and maintenance of high quality and innovative HDR and/or skill development programs
  • effective support and mentoring for HDR supervisors
  • contributions to the development and strengthening of institutional and local HDR strategy and policy
  • supporting statements from relevant stakeholders
  • demonstrated behaviour aligned to the RMIT values

The RMIT Award for Excellence – Graduate Research Leadership will comprise:

  1. A cash prize of $3000, paid into the research account of the awardee, to advance and support their research 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.
  4. Commemorative Trophy

RMIT Award for Excellence – Industry Engagement in Graduate Research

The RMIT Award for Industry Engagement in Graduate Research has been established in 2017 to recognize an HDR coordinator, supervisor or team of supervisors who have initiated or supported innovative and transformational engagement between higher degree research candidates and industry partners.  

Selection of the award recipient/s is by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation based on recommendations of the Awards Panel. 

The recipient of this award is nominated by RMIT for the Australian Council of Graduate Research Award for Promoting Industry Engagement in Graduate Research the following year.

Nominations are restricted to one category per nominee, however the Research Awards Panel has the discretion to consider any eligible nominations for more than one category of award.

In order to be eligible nominees must:

  • Be an academic staff member or adjunct appointment who has been an HDR supervisor with a continuing or contract position at RMIT, at no less than 0.4 EFT for a minimum of two years at the time of nomination and with a position end date until the end of 2020.
  • Be a category 1 registered supervisor currently engaged in supervision, with a supervision record of at least 5 HDR completions.

Previous recipients of an RMIT Award for Excellence – Industry Engagement in Graduate Research are not eligible to apply.

This award is open to all staff who meet the eligibility criteria.  Staff must be nominated by an RMIT academic staff member (with the nominee’s consent). Nominations must include the following: 

  • a completed Nomination form
  • endorsement from the relevant Dean/Head of School
  • a supporting statement which addresses the selection criteria prepared by an HDR graduate
  • a supporting statement from an industry partner
  • Additional optional statements:
    • academic colleagues with supervision expertise or HDR responsibilities
    • providing evidence of particular initiatives or candidates’ achievements
  • the nominee’s short CV

Please refer to the nomination process for details.

In considering nominations, the Awards Panel will consider evidence of:

  • initiatives that have enabled successful and effective collaborations between HDR candidates and industry partners,
  • HDR programs and/or supervision that supports candidates to develop strong employability skills and wide professional networks,
  • projects or initiatives that promote HDR candidates and graduates to industry, and
  • supporting statements from HDR candidates and industry partners
  • Demonstrated behaviour aligned to the RMIT values

The RMIT Award for Excellence – Industry Engagement in Graduate Research will comprise:

  1. A cash prize of $3000, paid into the research account of the awardee, to advance and support their research 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.
  4. Commemorative Trophy

RMIT Award for Research Excellence (Technology, Design or Enterprise)

The RMIT Award for Research Excellence recognises an individual researcher who has achieved the highest level of excellence in their research activity for the preceding five years. The purpose of this Award is to recognise and encourage outstanding researchers with proven reputations undertaking research that is of major importance in its field and who have made a significant contribution in advancing knowledge and research outcomes. 

This is evidenced by their track record, relative to opportunity, and performance including attraction of competitive and other external research funding, dissemination of research outcomes, patents, HDR supervisions and completions, citations and other contributions relevant to the discipline demonstrating esteem, excellence or leadership.

This award is offered in three categories, Technology, Design and Enterprise. The nominee will be asked to identify the defining feature of their research and provide evidence to show which category of Technology, Design and Enterprise the research aligns with. Please refer to the category definitions here.

Examples of successful nominations in these categories can be viewed at the RMIT Research Awards Previous Recipients web page.

The Research Awards Panel has the discretion to consider any nominations for more than one category of award, including categories under both the Vice-Chancellor’s Research Awards and Prizes and the RMIT Research Awards and Prizes.  

Selection of award recipients is by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation based on recommendations of the Awards Panel. 

Nominations are restricted to one category per nominee, however the Research Awards Panel has the discretion to consider any eligible nominations for more than one category of award.

Those eligible for nomination are:

  • Research-active academic staff who have had a substantive RMIT appointment, normally 0.4 FTE or above, for a minimum of 2 years as at the closing date for the awards
  • For those eligible research-active academic staff on fixed-term contracts, the RMIT appointment must be current until the end of 2020

Previous recipients are not eligible again for a period of five years following receipt of this award.    

The Award is open to all research active staff who meet the eligibility criteria. Staff must be nominated by an RMIT academic staff member (with the nominee’s consent). Nominations must address the selection criteria and include two statements of endorsement. One statement of endorsement must be made by the nominator, and the second may be either a RMIT academic or an external person who is familiar with the nominee’s field of research and achievements and who can comment on the nominee’s performance against the selection criteria.  All nominations must be endorsed by the relevant Dean/Head of School.  The Dean/Head of School can also be the nominator. Please refer to the nomination process for details. 

Nominations will be judged on a range of criteria that may include, but is not limited to the following:

  • Significance of the research in contributing to new knowledge and/or innovations in the discipline.
  • Evidence of sustained and excellent research performance, relative to opportunity, particularly in the past five years. Performance should be considered against quality indicators and norms for research performance within a given discipline, in addition to more general measures of competitive research grant or commercial research income, publications and student completions, or supporting documentation for Creative Works, exhibitions etc.
  • Demonstrated national or international recognition and excellence of the research.
  • Other contributions demonstrating esteem, impact or leadership beyond the discipline.
  • Demonstrated behaviour aligned to the RMIT values

Nominees should be aware that the Awards Panel will use information in Research Master to validate evidence provided in nominations. Please ensure that all reportable research output information has been submitted via online form which can be found here.

The RMIT Award for Research Excellence will comprise:

  1. A cash prize of $3,000 paid into the research account of the awardee, to advance and support research 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
  4. Commemorative trophy

Awards in the categories of Technology Design or Enterprise

RMIT Award for Research Excellence - Early Career Researcher (Technology, Design or Enterprise)

The RMIT Award for Research Excellence – ECR (Early Career Researcher) recognises the RMIT early career researcher who has achieved the highest level of excellence in their research activity for the preceding three years. The purpose of this Award is to recognise and encourage outstanding researchers undertaking research that is of major importance in its field and who have made a significant contribution in advancing knowledge and research outcomes. This is evidenced by their track record, relative to opportunity, and performance including attraction of competitive and other external research funding, dissemination of research outcomes, patents, student supervisions and completions and citations and other contributions relevant to the discipline demonstrating esteem, excellence or leadership.

This award is offered in three categories, Technology, Design and Enterprise. The nominee will be asked to identify the defining feature of their research and provide evidence to show which category of Design, Enterprise or Technology the research aligns with. Please refer to the category definitions here.

Examples of successful nominations in these categories can be viewed at the RMIT Research Awards Previous Recipients web page.

The Research Awards Panel has the discretion to consider any nominations for more than one category of award, including categories under both the Vice-Chancellor’s Research Awards and Prizes and the RMIT Research Awards and Prizes. 

Selection of award recipients is by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation based on recommendations of the Awards Panel

Nominations are restricted to one category per nominee, however the Research Awards Panel has the discretion to consider any eligible nominations for more than one category of award.

Those eligible for nomination are:

  • Research-active academic staff who have had a continuing or fixed-term RMIT appointment, normally 0.4 FTE or above, the RMIT appointment must be current until the end of 2020
  • Researchers who have been awarded a PhD within the last five years of the nomination closing date, or longer if combined with periods of significant career interruption

Previous recipients of an RMIT Award for Research Excellence (ECR) or a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence (ECR) are not eligible to apply.

The Award is open to all ECR staff who meet the eligibility criteria.  Staff must be nominated by an RMIT academic staff member (with the nominee’s consent). Nominations must address the selection criteria and include two statements of endorsement. One statement of endorsement must be made by the nominator, and the second may be either a RMIT academic or an external person who is familiar with the nominee’s field of research and achievements and who can comment on the nominee’s performance against the selection criteria. All nominations must be endorsed by the relevant Dean/Head of School. The Dean/Head of School can also be the nominator. Please refer to the nomination process for details.    

Nominations will be judged on a range of criteria that may include, but is not limited to the following:

  • High level of research performance, relative to opportunity, that demonstrates the individual is clearly on an upward trajectory.
  • Research outcomes of high quality and excellence, including competitive research grant and/or commercial research income, publications and HDR student supervision or supporting documentation for Creative Works, exhibitions etc.
  • Significance of the research in contributing to new knowledge and/or innovations in the discipline.
  • Demonstrated external recognition at the national and/or international level.
  • Other contributions demonstrating esteem, excellence or leadership beyond the discipline.
  • Demonstrated behaviour aligned to the RMIT values

Nominees should be aware that the Awards Panel will use information in Research Master to validate evidence provided in nominations. Please ensure that all reportable research output information has been submitted via online form which can be found here.   

The RMIT Award for Research Excellence – ECR will comprise:

  1. A cash prize of $3,000 paid into the research account of the awardee, to advance and support Research 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
  4. Commemorative trophy

RMIT Prize for Research Excellence – HDR (Technology, Design or Enterprise)

The RMIT Prizes for Research Excellence – HDR (Higher Degree by Research) recognises an outstanding HDR candidate who has achieved the highest levels of excellence in research during the completion of their degree in each category of Technology, Design or Enterprise.

Selection of prize recipients is by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation based on recommendations of the Awards Panel. 

Nominations are restricted to one category per nominee, however the Research Awards Panel has the discretion to consider any eligible nominations for more than one category of prize.

To be eligible nominees must:

  • Be individuals who have completed their RMIT HDR degree any time between the beginning of the preceding calendar year and the time of nomination in the award year.
  • Have completed their degree in a timely manner within the maximum expected duration of 4 years (PhD) or 2 years (Masters) EFTSL.
  • Have had their thesis/project classified as C1 – Passed or C2 – passed subject to minor, specific amendments.

Previous recipients of an RMIT Prize for Research Excellence – HDR are not eligible to apply.

This prize is open to any completed candidate who meets the eligibility criteria.  Nomination is by a peer or staff member (with the nominee’s consent). Nominations must include the following: 

  • a completed Nomination form addressing the above selection criteria
  • endorsement from the relevant Dean/Head of School
  • a supporting statement which addresses the selection criteria prepared by one of the candidate’s supervisors
  • a supporting statement which addresses the selection criteria prepared by the relevant HDR coordinator
  • the candidate’s short CV

Please refer to the nomination process for details.

In considering nominations, the Awards Panel will consider the relevance and quality of the thesis/project in relation to the category of award being applied for. 

The three categories are Design, Enterprise, and Technology. The nominee must identify the defining feature of their research and provide evidence to relate it to one of these categories. Please refer to the category definitions here

Examples of successful nominations in these categories can be viewed at the RMIT Research Awards Previous Recipients web page.

The following criteria will also be considered

  • High quality research outputs, citations, commercialisation, patents, and public recognition. 
  • Other competitive achievements (e.g. other prizes received during candidature);
  • The timeliness of completion of the degree.
  • Any significant remarks from the examiners’ reports on the thesis/project, including whether the research was indicated as being ‘outstanding work’ on one or more examiners’ report forms.
  • Demonstrated behaviour aligned to the RMIT values

Selection of award recipients is by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation based on recommendations of the Awards Panel. 

Research outputs

Any research outputs submitted in support of a nomination for a candidate prize must have been produced during the period of candidature at RMIT.

Nominees should be aware that the Awards Panel will use information in ResearchMaster to validate research outputs provided in nominations.  Please ensure that all reportable research output information is submitted via online form which can be found here.

Candidates with non-traditional research outputs should ensure that their outputs are clearly listed and the research significance of them is explained in their CV. These outputs will be considered on provision of supporting evidence from the nominee, and a statement from the school HDR Coordinator or equivalent attesting the output’s significance and the peer review status of the outlet/venue.

The RMIT Prize for Research Excellence – HDR will comprise:

  1. A cash award of $1500, paid to each awardee
  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
  4. Commemorative Trophy

Awards for Research Impact

RMIT Award for Impact and Collaboration – Team Award

The RMIT Award for Research Impact and Collaboration team award recognises and encourages outstanding teams of researchers whose research has achieved considerable impact outside the academic community. The definition of impact for this award includes the demonstrable contribution that research makes to the economy, society, culture, national security, public policy or services, health, the environment, or quality of life, beyond contributions to academia.  

  • Awards and Prizes are made via the online nomination form only with the nominee’s consent and endorsement from the respective Dean/Head of School.  Deans/Heads of School can also nominate staff or candidates for an award or prize. Each nomination must be accompanied by two statements of support. 
  • Nominations are open to research-active academic staff who have had a substantive RMIT appointment, normally 0.4 FTE or above, for a minimum of 2 years as at the closing date for the awards (the nominated team leader must meet this condition for team nominations)
  • For those eligible research-active academic staff on fixed-term contracts, the RMIT appointment must be current until the end of 2020 (the nominated team leader must meet this condition)
  • Research Centres/Institutes are not eligible to apply for the team award
  • Nominees must not have received the same award in the preceding five years. 

The Award is open to all research teams. A team must be nominated by an RMIT academic staff member. All nominations must address the selection criteria and include two statements of endorsement. One statement of endorsement must be made by the nominator but the second may be either a RMIT academic or an external person who is familiar with the nominee’s field of research and achievements and who can comment on the nominee’s performance against the selection criteria.  All nominations must be endorsed by the relevant Dean/Head of School. The Dean/Head of School can also be the nominator. Please refer to the nomination process for details.

Nominations will be judged on a range of criteria that collectively demonstrate impact and collaboration in their research activity and may include, but are not limited to the following: 

  • evidence of the impact that this research has created or has the potential to create and end-user benefit in terms of economic, environmental and social outcomes 
  • underpinning research — provide details about the underlying research that has generated this impact 
  • evidence of the research collaborations (e.g. collaborative approach between academia, Schools, and/or industry, cross-disciplinary teamwork, mentoring and training of early career researchers and HDR students within the team)
  • sources to verify the impact — list sources that will provide evidence of the research impact e.g. grants, prizes and awards, research contracts, news media, conferences, blogs, publications, Creative Works, exhibitions etc.
  • Demonstrated behaviour aligned to the RMIT values.

The University Research Team Award for Impact and Collaboration will comprise:

  1. A cash prize of $3000, paid into an appropriate research account of the team, to advance and support Research supervision practice, scholarship and research of the team
  2. A team 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.
  4. Commemorative Trophy

RMIT Award for Research Impact (Technology, Design or Enterprise)

The RMIT Award for Research Impact recognises an individual researcher whose research has achieved considerable impact outside the academic community in the preceding five years. The definition of impact for this award includes the demonstrable contribution that research makes to the economy, society, culture, national security, public policy or services, health, the environment, or quality of life, beyond contributions to academia. This award is offered in three categories, Technology, Design and Enterprise. The nominee will have to identify the defining feature of their research and provide evidence to show which category of Technology, Design, or Enterprise the research aligns with. Please refer to the category definitions here.

Examples of successful nominations in these categories can be viewed at the RMIT Research Awards Previous Recipients web page.

The Research Awards Panel has the discretion to consider any nominations for more than one category of award, including categories under both the Vice-Chancellor’s Research Awards and Prizes and the RMIT Research Awards and Prizes. Selection of award recipients is by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation based on recommendations of the Awards Panel.

Nominations are restricted to one category per nominee, however the Research Awards Panel has the discretion to consider any eligible nominations for more than one category of award.

Those eligible for nomination are:

  • Research-active academic staff who have had a substantive RMIT appointment, normally 0.4 FTE or above, for a minimum of 2 years as at the closing date for the awards
  • For those eligible research-active academic staff on fixed-term contracts, the RMIT appointment must be current until the end of 2020

Previous recipients of an RMIT Award for Research Impact or a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Impact are not eligible to apply.

The Award is open to all research active staff who meet the eligibility criteria.  Staff must be nominated by an RMIT academic staff member (with the nominee’s consent). Nominations must address the selection criteria and include two statements of endorsement. One statement of endorsement must be made by the nominator, and the second nominator for this category should include at least one party that has benefitted from the research.  All nominations must be endorsed by the relevant Dean/Head of School.  The Dean/Head of School can also be the nominator. Please refer to the nomination process for details.  

The Awards Panel will consider the overall track record, relative to opportunity, and performance of the nominee as indicated by but not limited to:

  • Evidence of the impact that this research has created or has the potential to create  and  an end user benefit in terms of economic, environmental and social outcomes
  • Underpinning research — provide details about the underlying research that has generated this impact.
  • Sources to corroborate the impact — list sources that will provide evidence of the research impact.
  • Demonstrated behaviour aligned to the RMIT values

Nominees should be aware that the Awards Panel will use information in ResearchMaster to validate research outputs provided in nominations.  Please ensure that all reportable research output information has been submitted via online form which can be found here

The RMIT Award for Research Impact will comprise:

  1. A cash prize of $3,000 paid into the research account of the awardee, to advance and support Research 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
  4. Commemorative trophy

RMIT Award for Research Impact – Early Career Researcher (Technology, Design or Enterprise)

The RMIT Award for Research Impact – ECR (Early Career Researcher) recognises the RMIT early career researchers whose research has shown potential for impact outside the academic community in the preceding three years. The definition of impact for this award includes the demonstrable contribution that research makes to the economy, society, culture, national security, public policy or services, health, the environment, or quality of life, beyond contributions to academia.  

This award is offered in three categories, Technology, Design and Enterprise. The nominee will have to identify the defining feature of their research and provide evidence to show which category of Technology, Design, or Enterprise the research aligns with. Please refer to the category definitions here.

Examples of successful nominations in these categories can be viewed at the RMIT Research Awards Previous Recipients web page.

The Research Awards Panel has the discretion to consider any nominations for more than one category of award, including categories under both the Vice-Chancellor’s Research Awards and Prizes and the RMIT Research Awards and Prizes. Selection of award recipients is by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation based on recommendations of the Awards Panel.

Nominations are restricted to one category per nominee, however the Research Awards Panel has the discretion to consider any eligible nominations for more than one category of award.

  • Those eligible for nomination are:Research-active academic staff who have had a continuing or fixed-term RMIT appointment, normally 0.4 FTE or above, the RMIT appointment must be current until the end of 2020
  • Researchers who have been awarded a PhD within the last five years of the nomination closing date, or longer if combined with periods of significant career interruption

Previous recipients of an RMIT Award for Research Impact (ECR) or a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Impact (ECR) are not eligible to apply.

The Award is open to all ECR staff who meet the eligibility criteria.  Staff must be nominated by an RMIT academic staff member (with the nominee’s consent). Nominations must address the selection criteria and include two statements of endorsement. One statement of endorsement must be made by the nominator, and the second for this category should include at least one party that has benefitted from the research. All nominations must be endorsed by the relevant Dean/Head of School. The Dean/Head of School can also be the nominator. Please refer to the nomination process for details.    

The Awards Panel will consider the track record, relative to opportunity, and performance of the nominee, in the last three years, as indicated by but not limited to:

  • Evidence of the impact that this research has created or has the potential to create  and an   end user benefit in terms of economic, environmental and social outcomes.
  • Underpinning research — provide details about the underlying research that has generated this impact.
  • Sources to corroborate the impact — list sources that will provide evidence of the research impact.
  • Demonstrated behaviour aligned to the RMIT values

Nominees should be aware that the Awards Panel will use information in ResearchMaster to validate research outputs provided in nominations.  Please ensure that all reportable research output information has been submitted via online form which can be found here.    

The RMIT Award for Research Impact – Early Career Researcher will comprise:

  1. A cash prize of $3,000 paid into the research account of the awardee, to advance and support Research 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
  4. Commemorative trophy.


RMIT Prize for Research Impact – Higher Degree by Research (Technology, Design or Enterprise)

The RMIT Prize for Research Impact – HDR (Higher Degree by Research) recognises an HDR candidate who can demonstrate the potential for significant impact of their research outside the academic community. The definition of impact for this award includes the demonstrable contribution that research makes to the economy, society, culture, national security, public policy or services, health, the environment, or quality of life, beyond contributions to academia.

Selection of prize recipients is by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation based on recommendations of the Awards Panel. 

To be eligible nominees must:

  • Be a current HDR candidate at RMIT University at the time of nomination.
  • Have successfully completed their Confirmation of Candidature milestone review.

Previous recipients of an RMIT Prize for Research Impact – HDR are not eligible to apply.

This prize is open to any current candidate who meets the eligibility criteria.  The nomination is by a peer or staff member (with the nominee’s consent). Nominations must include the following: 

  • a completed Nomination form addressing the selection criteria;
  • endorsement from the relevant Dean/Head of School
  • a supporting statement which addresses the selection criteria prepared by one of the candidate’s supervisors;
  • a supporting statement on the relevance of the research and demonstrated potential for impact, from an individual in a relevant industry
  • the candidate’s short CV.

Please refer to the nomination process for details.    

In considering nominations, the Awards Panel will consider the relevance and quality of the thesis/project in relation to the category of award being applied for. 

The three categories are TechnologyDesign, and Enterprise. The nominee must identify the defining feature of their research and provide evidence to relate it to one of these categories. 
Please refer to the category definitions here

Examples of successful nominations in these categories can be viewed at the RMIT Research Awards Previous Recipients web page.

The following criteria will also be considered:

  • Evidence provided by the nominee which demonstrates the potential for their research to have impact through engagement with industry.
  • Details about the underlying research and the potential for research translation.
  • Quality and impact of reportable publications/outputs produced during candidature (including impact factor; citation rates, IP generation or external recognition)
  • Contributions made to the research community of the candidate’s academic unit.
  • Other competitive achievements (e.g. other prizes received during candidature).
  • Evidence of timely progress during candidature.
  • Demonstrated behaviour aligned to the RMIT values

Research outputs

Any research outputs submitted in support of a nomination for a candidate prize must have been produced during the period of candidature at RMIT.

Nominees should be aware that the Awards Panel will use information in ResearchMaster to validate evidence provided in nominations.  Please ensure that all reportable outputs information is submitted via online form which can be found here.

Candidates with non-traditional research outputs should ensure that their outputs are clearly listed and the research significance of them is explained in their CV. These outputs will be considered on provision of supporting evidence from the nominee, and a statement from the school HDR Coordinator or equivalent attesting the output’s significance and the peer review status of the outlet/venue.

The RMIT Prize for Research Impact – HDR will comprise:

  1. A cash award of $1500, paid to the awardee
  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
  4. Commemorative Trophy
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