RMIT Research Excellence - Team Award

The RMIT Research Excellence - Team Award recognises a team of RMIT academics 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, Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) candidate 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 Vice Chancellor based on recommendations of Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research Innovation and the Awards Panel. The Award will be made annually and be presented at the RMIT Teaching and Research Awards ceremony.


Those eligible for nomination are:

  • research-active academic staff with a substantive RMIT appointment, normally 0.4 FTE or above, for a minimum of 2 years.

Nomination and documentation

The Award is open to all research active teams. A team may self-nominate or be nominated by a person from within the nominees’ academic unit. All nominations must address the selection criteria and include two statements of endorsement. One statement of endorsement must be made by a RMIT academic from within their College 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. Please refer to the nomination forms for details.

Access the nomination form

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 (e.g. 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 may use information in ResearchMaster to validate evidence provided in nominations.

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 (Research and Innovation)
  3. A permanent record of the award on an appropriate webpage (Honour Board) of the University.
  4. Commemorative Trophy.