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


The RMIT Prize for Research Impact – HDR (Higher Degree by Research) recognises an HDR candidate who can demonstrate the potential for significant impact of their research 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 prize recipients is by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation based on recommendations of the Awards Panel. The Prize will be made annually and be presented at the RMIT Research Awards ceremony at the Engaging for Impact 2019 event (18-20 February 2019).


In order to be eligible nominees must:

  • Be a current HDR candidate at RMIT University at the time of nomination.
  • Have successfully completed their Confirmation of Candidature milestone review.

Previous recipients of an RMIT Prize for Research Impact – HDR are not eligible to apply.

Nomination and documentation

This prize is open to any current candidate who meets the eligibility criteria. The nomination is by a peer or staff member (with the nominee’s consent). Nominations must include the following:

  • a completed Nomination form addressing the selection criteria;
  • endorsement from the relevant Dean/Head of School
  • a supporting statement which addresses the selection criteria prepared by one of the candidate’s supervisors;
  • a supporting statement, on the relevance of the research and demonstrated potential for impact, from an individual in a relevant industry;
  • the candidate’s short CV.

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

Selection criteria

In considering nominations, the Awards Panel will consider the relevance and quality of the thesis/project in relation to the category of award being applied for.

The three categories are Technology, Design, and Enterprise. The nominee must identify the defining feature of their research and provide evidence to relate it to one of these categories.

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.

The following criteria will also be taken into account:

  • Evidence provided by the nominee which demonstrates the potential for their research to have impact through engagement with industry.
  • Details about the underlying research and the potential for research translation.
  • Quality and impact of reportable publications/outputs produced during candidature (including impact factor; citation rates, IP generation or external recognition)
  • Contributions made to the research community of the candidate’s academic unit.
  • Other competitive achievements (e.g. other prizes received during candidature).
  • Evidence of timely progress during candidature.

Research outputs

Any research outputs submitted in support of a nomination for a candidate prize must have been produced during the period of candidature at RMIT.

Nominees should be aware that the Awards Panel will use information in ResearchMaster to validate evidence provided in nominations. Please ensure that all reportable outputs information is submitted via online form which can be found here.

Candidates with non-traditional research outputs should ensure that their outputs are clearly listed and the research significance of them is explained in their CV. These outputs will be considered on provision of supporting evidence from the nominee, and a statement from the school HDR Coordinator or equivalent attesting the output’s significance and the peer review status of the outlet/venue.

Value of the award

The RMIT Prize for Research Impact – HDR will comprise:

  1. A cash award of $1500, paid to the awardee
  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