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 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 in November.


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
  • 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 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Impact (or equivalent) are not eligible to apply.

Nomination and documentation

The Award is open to all research active 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 but the supporting nominator 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.

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 overall track record, relative to opportunity, 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.

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 research output information has been submitted via online form which can be found here.

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