RMIT University Innovation Excellence Award


The RMIT University Invention Disclosure Award recognises an RMIT academic who has demonstrated excellence in bringing innovation to their research activity in the preceding five years. This is evidenced by invention disclosures, patents, licence income, commercial ventures and other societal impacts such as changes to policy.

To be eligible for research awards, academic will normally have been with RMIT for two (2) years minimum.

Selection of award recipients is by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation based on recommendations of the Awards Committee with membership drawn from the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellors (Research and Innovation), Institute Directors and Dean, School of Graduate Research.

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  1. Research-active academic staff with a substantive RMIT appointment, normally 0.4 FTE or above, for a minimum of 2 years.
  2. Winners not normally eligible again for a period of two years following receipt of this award.

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Selection Criteria

In considering candidates, the Award Committee will consider the overall track record and performance of researchers from across the University as indicated by a range of quantitative measures and evidence of innovation; for example:

  • Taken a significant innovation developed in RMIT through to market-readiness, either through partnership with a commercial enterprise, or by starting a company (as evidenced by invention disclosures, patents, licence income, commercial ventures etc)
  • Potential benefit and impact (such as change of policy, sustainability and end user benefit)
  • Demonstrable innovation that delivers community benefit in terms of economic and social outcomes
  • Demonstrated a new method or means for moving innovations from RMIT into the private sector through the establishment of partnerships or other relationships that promote the strategic or economic position of RMIT, the State of Victoria or Australia.
  • Developed a breakthrough technology or process and demonstrated its transformational potential relative to an otherwise conventionally accepted practice or market.

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Value of the award

The University Innovation Excellence Award will comprise:

  1. A cash prize of $3000, paid into the research account of the awardee, to advance and support Research supervision practice, scholarship, research and innovation
  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.

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Other Research Award categories

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