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.

Background

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.

Selection of award recipients is by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation based on recommendations of the Awards Panel. The Award will be made annually and be presented at the RMIT Research Awards ceremony at the Engaging for Impact 2019 event (18-20 February 2019).

Eligibility

Nominations are restricted to one category per nominee, however the Research Awards Panel has the discretion to consider any 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 (the majority of the members of the team 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 2018 (the majority of the members of the team must meet this condition)
  • Not have received the same award in the preceding five years

Nomination and documentation

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 forms for details.

To express interest in this award and request a nomination form please email: researchawards@rmit.edu.au and include the name of the award in the subject header.

Selection criteria

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).
  • 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 outputs information is submitted via online form which can be found here.

Value of the award

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