Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for Research Impact – HDR


The Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for Research Impact - HDR is awarded to a Higher Degree by Research 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 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.

In order to be eligible nominees must:

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

Previous recipients of a Vice-Chancellor’s 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 process is by a peer or staff member (with the nominee’s consent). Nominations must include the following:

  • a completed Nomination form addressing the above 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 please email: include the name of the prize in the subject header.

Selection criteria

In considering nominations, the Awards Panel will consider:

  • Evidence provided which demonstrates the potential for the nominee’s 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).
  • Other competitive achievements (e.g. other prizes received during candidature).
  • Evidence of other external engagement with professional bodies, other universities etc.
  • Contributions made to the research community of the candidate’s academic unit.
  • 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 any publications 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 Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for Research Impact – Higher Degree by Research will comprise:

  1. A cash award of $3000 paid to the awardee
  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