Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Impact - ECR


The Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Impact – ECR (Early Career Researcher) recognises an individual ECR researcher 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. 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 Awards for Excellence 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.
  • Researchers who have been awarded a PhD within the last five years, or longer if combined with periods of significant career interruption.
  • Winners are not normally eligible again following receipt of this award.

Nomination and Documentation

The Award is open to all ECR staff. Staff may self-nominate or be nominated by a person from within the nominees academic unit. Nominations must 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.

The nomination form may be accessed here.

Selection criteria

The Awards Panel will consider the overall track record and performance of the nominee as indicated by but not limited to:

  • Evidence of research translation or potential for research translation leading to impact.
  • 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 Research Master to validate evidence provided in nominations.

Value of the award

The Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Impact – ECR will comprise:

  1. A cash prize of $10,000 paid into the research account of the awardee, to advance and support Research supervision practice, scholarship and research
  2. A certificate signed by the Vice-Chancellor
  3. A permanent record of the award on an appropriate webpage (Honour Board) of the University
  4. Commemorative trophy.