Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Impact

The Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Impact recognises an individual researcher whose research has achieved considerable impact outside the academic community.


The definition of impact for this award includes social, economic, or environmental impacts due to their research activity in the preceding five years.

Selection of award recipients is by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor 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.
  • Winners are not normally eligible again for a period of five years following receipt of this award.

Nomination and documentation

The Award is open to all research active staff who meet the eligibility criteria. Staff may self-nominate or be nominated by a person from within the nominees academic unit. 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 supporting nominator for this category should include at least one party that has benefited from the research.

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 leading to impact.
  • Evidence of the impact that this research has created or has the potential to create  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.

Value of the award

The Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Impact 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.