RMIT University Research Excellence – Leadership Award


The RMIT University Research Excellence – Leadership Award recognises an RMIT academic who has demonstrated excellent practice in research leadership during the preceding five years. This leadership excellence is demonstrated through team building, mentoring, participation in governance and the achievement of research team outcomes including co-publishing, international collaborations, generation of research income, development of postdoctoral researchers and supervision of Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) candidates.

Research Master data is used to generate a short list for each award category based on the previous five (5) years research output. To be eligible for research awards, academics will normally have been with RMIT for two (2) years minimum.

Selection of award recipients is by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation (R&I) based on recommendations of the Awards Committee with membership drawn from the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellors (R&I), 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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Process and documentation

There will be no formal university-wide call for nominations as the Research Office will identify and shortlist potential candidates on an evidence-based basis for consideration by the Awards Committee. Individuals identified by the Research Office whose portfolio of work may fall outside of Research Master data will be given the opportunity to submit supporting documentation.

The awards dossier will comprise the following documents:

  1. Research Master report detailing HERDC reportable publications, grants, Research supervision used to identify research activity
  2. Nominations will be sought from the Heads of School, Deputy PVC’s (R&I) and Institute Directors to support applications where Research Master data does not capture or is inappropriate to determine leadership excellence. The Research Office will contact nominees for supporting documentation. Supporting documentation is limited to two (2) pages in length and should supplement Research Master data.

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Selection criteria

In considering candidates, the Award Committee will consider evidence of excellent practice in research leadership with reference to the following:

  • Team building
  • Mentoring
  • Governance
  • Creating critical mass
  • A rise in team research outcomes including:
    • Co-publishing
    • International collaboration
    • Research Income
    • Research Students
    • Postdoctoral researchers

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Value of the award

The RMIT University Research Excellence – Leadership Award will comprise:

  1. A cash prize of $3000, paid into the research account of the awardee, 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.

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Other Research Award categories

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