RMIT Award for Research Impact - ECR (in the categories of Technology, Design, or Enterprise)

The RMIT Award for Research Impact - Early Career Researcher (ECR) recognises the RMIT early career academic whose research has achieved considerable impact outside the academic community.


The RMIT Award for Research Impact – ECR (Early Career Researcher) recognises the RMIT early career 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.

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 fits into.

Category guidance:

Research in the Technology category can relate to:

  • Creation of technology and/or
  • Development/improvement of technology and/or
  • Innovative use of technology in all disciplines and/or
  • Impacts of technology

Research in the Design category can relate to research producing:

  • A product or creative work and/or
  • A framework or structure and/or
  • A process

Research in the Enterprise category can relate to:

  • Research across all disciplines which involves industry engagement (industry includes government, businesses, community organisations, NGOs etc)
  • A contribution to productivity, efficiency or well-being (including policy contributions)

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

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).


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
  • Researchers who have been awarded a PhD within the last five years, or longer if combined with periods of significant career interruption
  • For those eligible research-active academic staff on fixed-term contracts, the RMIT appointment must be current until the end of 2018

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.

Nomination and documentation

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 forms for details.

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

Selection criteria

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.

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.

Value of the award

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.