Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence

The Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research recognises an individual researcher who has achieved the highest level of excellence in their research activity for the preceding five years.


The purpose of this Award is to recognise and encourage outstanding researchers with proven international reputations undertaking research that is of major importance in its field and who have made a significant contribution in advancing knowledge and research outcomes.

This is evidenced by their track record and performance including attraction of competitive and other external research funding, dissemination of research outcomes, patents, Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) candidate supervisions and completions, citations and other contributions relevant to the discipline demonstrating esteem, excellence or leadership.

Selection of award recipients is by the Vice-Chancellor based on recommendations of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and 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

Winners are not 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 nominee’s 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 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 may include, but is 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 research 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
  • other contributions demonstrating esteem, impact or leadership beyond the discipline.

Nominees should be aware that the Awards Panel will use information in ResearchMaster to validate evidence provided in nominations.

Value of the award

The Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence 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.