Ian Permezel Memorial Award


The Ian Permezel Memorial Award is supported by the RMIT Foundation. It recognises an RMIT Early Career Researcher who has undertaken superior research in the preceding five years and who is the principal author of a paper which has been accepted at an overseas international peer-reviewed conference. The Award application will include a high quality proposal to conduct research with a committed industry partner. This Award enables the winner to leverage new industry research funding opportunities and attend an international conference to present their paper.

Selection of the Ian Permezel Award recipient is by the Awards Committee with membership including the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation and Dr Melissa Permezel or nominee.

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  1. Research-active Early Career Researchers with a substantive RMIT appointment, normally 0.6 FTE or above. Fixed term contract researchers must have 2 years remaining on their contract
  2. The ECR is the principal author of a paper which has been accepted at an overseas international peer-reviewed conference
  3. Winners not normally eligible again for a period of two years following receipt of this award.

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Process and documentation

RMIT Foundation awards selected from submissions. Each submission must include:

  • Completed Ian Permezel Application Form including detailed budget clearly showing all costs associated with attending the conference (Travel, accommodation etc.)
  • Two page proposal in 12 pt Times New Roman font (including references)
  • One page academic CV (outlining publications and any research income)
  • Letter of endorsement from Head of School
  • Copy of the acceptance advice for the proposed conference paper and its presentation from the conference organisers.

Each submission will be supplemented by an awards dossier compiled by the Research Office. The dossier comprises a Research Master report containing the previous five (5) years research output detailing HERDC reportable publications, grants, research supervision and research income.

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Selection criteria

In considering candidates, the Award Committee will consider the scale and commitment of the industry partner to the research project as well as the overall track record and performance of researchers as indicated by a range of quantitative measures:

  • Competitive Grant funding
  • Research income
  • HERDC Publications (quality: impact factor; top journals for the field)
  • Patents
  • Research Supervision and completions
  • Citations – that are put forward in the past 5 years (with emphasis on upward trajectory)
  • Research output relative to opportunity (ROPE)
  • Supporting documentation for Creative Works, exhibitions etc.

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Value of the award

The Ian Permezel Award will comprise:

  1. A cash prize of $5,000, paid into the research account of the awardee's School, to advance and support HDR supervision practice, scholarship and research
  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

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