Research Excellence Awards

Research Excellence Awards

Awards

Research Excellence Awards

Macquarie University’s researchers address many of the really important questions facing the world and do so with enthusiasm and excellence that is recognised nationally and internationally. The Research Excellence Awards are an opportunity for Macquarie to acknowledge and celebrate the diversity and quality of research conducted at our University.

Key Dates - 2021

Application ProcessKey  Date
Nominations and Award Applications OPEN12 April 2021
Award Applications CLOSE4 June 2021
14 June 2021 (RIPE Award only)
Highly Commended Finalists Announced9 August 2021
Award CeremonyTBC

Award eligibility

  • Applications with incomplete sets of supporting information will not be considered and judges will only consider what has been provided within the parameters (e.g. page maximum for each, PDF format single document).
  • Applications must be not longer than the specified number "total pages" for each award.
  • Previous winners of a Macquarie University Research Excellence Award are not eligible to re-apply for the same award.
  • The deliberations of the judging panel are confidential, and all recommendations and decisions taken are binding and final and no correspondence will be entered into on such matters.
  • The judges reserve the right not to award the prize if they feel the entries are insufficiently meritorious.
  • No entries received after the closing date will be considered.

Please refer to the individual award guidelines for full criteria and information relating to each award.

Award application, guidelines and forms

Please submit your application on the Research Excellence Award application.

Before commencing your online application, please ensure that you have read the Award Guidelines and responded to the judging criteria on the corresponding Award Submission Template.

AwardGuidelinesSubmission template
The Jim Piper Award for Excellence in Research Leadership

Jim Piper Award Guidelines

Jim Piper Award Template
Excellence in Research Innovation, Partnership and EntrepreneurshipRIPE Award GuidelinesRIPE Award Template
Excellence in Research - Five Future-shaping Research Priorities

Five Future-shaping Research Priorities Award Guidelines

Five Future-shaping Research Priorities Award Template
Excellence in Higher Degree Research Supervision - Supervisor of the Year

Higher Degree Research Supervision Award Guidelines

Higher Degree Research Supervision Award Template

Early Career Research of the Year

ECR Award - HASS Guidelines

ECR Award - STEMM Guidelines

ECR Award Template
(HASS and STEMM)
Excellence in Higher Degree Research

HDR Award - HASS Guidelines

HDR Award - STEMM Guidelines

HDR Award Template
(HASS and STEMM)

Prizes

Prizes

Award recipients, individual or a team, will receive a certificate and the prize for each category of award:

Award CategoriesNumber of Awards2021 Prize
The Jim Piper Award for Excellence in Research Leadership 1 Prize$10,000
Excellence in Research Innovation, Partnership and Entrepreneurship1 Prize$10,000

Excellence in Research – Five Future-shaping Research Priorities

1 Prize per category
(max 5 awards)
$7,000 each
Excellence in Higher Degree Research Supervision – Supervisor of the Year Award 1 Prize $7,000
Early Career Researcher of the Year 1 Prize per category
(max 2 awards)
$5,000 each
Excellence in Higher Degree Research 1 Prize per category
(max 2 awards)
$3,000 each

The University Judging Panel reserves the right not to award a prize if they feel the entries are insufficiently meritorious. All prize money is granted Australian dollars.

Award categories

The Jim Piper Award for Excellence in Research Leadership

This award seeks to recognise, encourage and reward those researchers who are on a path to becoming research leaders at Macquarie University. Outstanding and inspiring emerging research leaders engage with a broad research agenda; attract, motivate, develop and lead fellow researchers and research students; and attract significant external funding support in order to build research capacity. Emerging research leaders will also be able to demonstrate their qualifications as a leading researcher in their field and be able to support this in their application.  The awardee is likely to be a mid-career researcher (approximately 15 years post PhD) and will show evidence of being both a leading researcher and an emerging research leader.

Eligibility

All members of research active academic staff who have been employed at Macquarie University for a minimum of three years can be nominated for this award.  Nominations must be made by the Executive Dean of the relevant Faculty directly to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) (DVC(R)).  Nominees, pending approval by the DVC(R), will be invited to submit an application.

Judging Criteria

The nominee must be able to provide tangible evidence that they are both a leading researcher and a research leader in the following six judging criteria:

Criteria used to identify a Leading Researcher (25%):

  1. Leadership of a coherent and independent research program.
  2. Sustained record of high-quality outputs.
    • This can include publications and/or creative works.
  3. Record of visiting fellowships and/or invitations to give keynote addresses at national or international conferences, join editorial boards of national or international journals, national or international conference organising committees, and/or other peer esteem measures.

Criteria used to identify a Research Leader (75%):

  1. Track record of ongoing mentoring of Early Career Researchers (ECR) and Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidates.  Nominees must demonstrate a history of:
    • Sustained track record of successful (and timely) HDR completions;
    • Attracting, motivating and mentoring fellow researchers, including ECRs.
  2. Influencing research strategy and participating in research governance at Macquarie University.  Nominees should demonstrate a history of:
    • Effective and outcome focused membership of Faculty/University Committees;
    • Developing and implementing initiatives with broad-ranging impacts;
    • Program convening, HDR leadership and/or Faculty/Department leadership roles.
  3. Influencing research strategy nationally or internationally.  This can include a demonstration of:
    • Participating in external organisations impacting on the research strategy within a particular field or more generally.

Guidelines for Submission

Prepare a single PDF application containing the following information:

  • Judging criteria: a brief description of how the entrant's activity addresses each of the judging criteria (three-page maximum).
  • CV: brief curriculum vitae of entrant (three-page maximum).
  • Additional information: submission of any other relevant information that may assist the judging panel in decision making (five-page maximum).

Please also provide a:

  • Photograph: with your email application, please attach a separate jpeg file of yourself or team (if Team Application) for promotional purposes (preferably landscape orientation and from above the waist and 10 MB).

Prize

The Jim Piper Award for Excellence in Research Leadership winner will receive $10,000 (AU) award that will be allocated into a project account (expiring 31 December 2023) to be used by the winner to support further research endeavours.

Additional Information

  • Applications with incomplete sets of supporting information will not be considered and judges will only consider what has been provided within the parameters (e.g. page maximum for each, PDF format single document).
  • Applications must be no more than 11 total pages in length.
  • Previous winners of The Jim Piper Award for Excellence in Research Leadership category are not eligible to re-apply.
  • The deliberations of the judging panel are confidential, and all recommendations and decisions taken are binding and final and no correspondence will be entered into on such matters.
  • The judges reserve the right not to award the prize if they feel the entries are insufficiently meritorious.
  • No entries received after the closing date will be considered.

The Jim Piper Award for Excellence in Research Leadership

Excellence in Research Innovation, Partnership and Entrepreneurship

The Research Innovation, Partnership and Entrepreneurship award is to recognise and reward excellence in research innovation, partnership, commercialisation, translation and entrepreneurship at Macquarie University. This award encourages the development of productive external research collaborations. Competitive nominations will involve significant engagement with external parties, the attraction of major contributions from partners, and evidence of practical uptake, adoption and real-world impact of Macquarie research outputs. Awardees will be able to demonstrate their qualifications as leaders in research innovation in their field and be able to support this in their application with evidence and demonstrated use by end users.

Eligibility

All members of research-active staff can be nominated for this award (this may include students as part of a Macquarie team). Awards can be provided to an individual or a team from within Macquarie. Nominations must be made by the Executive Dean of the relevant Faculty directly to the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Innovation) (PVC(RI)). Nominees, pending approval by the PVC(RI), will be invited to submit an application.

Judging Criteria

The nominee(s) must be able to provide tangible evidence that they are a leading researcher / research team with a proven track record in research innovation and translation in the following three judging criteria:

  1. Innovation (20%): describe how the research is innovative. This may include:
    • Evidence that the research is based on the innovation of an idea or concept or a novel application of an existing idea or concept.
    • Demonstration of a track record of leadership of an innovative, coherent and independent research program
  2. Partnership (40%): describe partnership and collaboration with external parties. This may include:
    • Sustained engagement and partnership between Macquarie and external groups including industry; local, state or Commonwealth Governments; NGOs; and international organisations.
    • Evidence of collaboration with cited partners including letters of support, endorsing the application.
    • Development of the partnership: how the partnership was initiated; how the problem/challenge industry was seeking to address was discovered; strategies employed to enhance, improve or develop the partnership; demonstrated effective communication with the partner.
    • Mutual benefits and outcomes of the partnership: satisfaction of the partner; value of the partnership; likelihood of the partnership or impact to build beyond the current project.
    • Influencing Macquarie’s research revenue diversification strategy by a demonstration of the
      attraction of significant financial contributions from partners.
  3. Impacts and implementation (40%): describe impacts and wider benefits of your research. This may include:
    • Summary of Commercialisation Agreements, Record of Intellectual Property (Patent Applications and copyright material; software, algorithms; methods, manuals etc).
    • Engagement with programs to enable innovation, commercialisation and entrepreneurship such as the Incubator and Venture Café.
    • Benefits and impacts that the research brings to the University, industry or broader community.
    • Evidence of practical uptake, adoption and real-world impact of the translation of the research.

Guidelines for Submission

Prepare a single PDF application containing the following information:

  • Judging criteria: a brief description of how the entrant's activity addresses each of the judging criteria (three-page maximum).
  • Additional information: submission of any other relevant information that may assist the judging panel in decision making (five-page maximum).

Please also provide a:

  • Photograph: with your email application, please attach a separate jpeg file of yourself or team (if Team Application) for promotional purposes (preferably landscape orientation and from above the waist and 10 MB).

Prize

The Excellence in Research Innovation, Partnership and Entrepreneurship winner will receive $10,000 (AU) award that will be allocated into a project account (expiring 31 December 2023) to be used by the winner to support further research endeavours.

Additional Information

  • Applications with incomplete sets of supporting information will not be considered and judges will only consider what has been provided within the parameters (e.g. page maximum for each, PDF format single document).
  • Applications must be no more than eight total pages in length.
  • The deliberations of the judging panel are confidential, and all recommendations and decisions taken are binding and final and no correspondence will be entered into on such matters.
  • The judges reserve the right not to award the prize if they feel the entries are insufficiently meritorious.
  • No entries received after the closing date will be considered.
  • Information provided in applications may be included in Macquarie University research impact assessments and reports.

Excellence in Research Innovation, Partnership and Entrepreneurship

Excellence in Research – Five Future-shaping Research Priorities

The Excellence in Research – Five Future-shaping Research Priorities awards recognise excellence in scholarly research, the creation and application of research outcomes, the discovery of new knowledge or the use of existing knowledge in a new and creative way to generate new concepts, methodologies and understanding.  The research should take the form of a significant and novel advance in research which has the potential to deliver substantial benefits to Australian and/or international communities in the fields of the creative arts, culture, education, the environment, health, industry, the law, public or social policy, technology or commercial enterprise.  Research submitted under these categories must have been undertaken at Macquarie within the preceding five years (from 1 May 2016).

Categories

  • Healthy People
  • Resilient Societies
  • Prosperous Economies
  • Secure Planet
  • Innovative Technologies

Judging Criteria

The applicant must be able to provide tangible evidence of research excellence and should specifically address how the work entered meets the following four judging criteria:

  1. Originality (25%): describe how your research is original.  This may include:
    • Evidence that the research is based on the innovation of an idea or concept or a novel application of an existing idea or concept.
  2. Discipline/scientific specific rigour (25%): describe the  discipline/scientific specific rigour of your research, including evidence that your research has undergone peer review.  This section can include:
    • high quality published papers or creative works;
    • peer recognition by invitations to speak at conferences/meetings;
    • success in obtaining external research funding.
  3. Potential impacts (25%): describe the potential impacts and wider benefits of your research.
  4. Additional indicator (25%): applicants must address one of the following criteria to complete their application:
    • Synthesis of research: demonstration of cross-disciplinary research and/or collaboration in a multi-disciplinary team; peer review within and beyond the discipline; engagement with programs to enable integration such as entrepreneurship.
    • Embedding research activity or researchers into student learning and curriculum: demonstration of contribution/influence on research or curriculum committees; unit design and unit activities that build on research activity.
    • Engagement with industry, government or community: demonstration of positive engagement links with external partners to facilitate knowledge exchange, research translation or student engagement in practice.

Guidelines for Submission

Prepare a single PDF application containing the following information:

  • Research summary: a brief description of the research entered, including objectives and results to date (one-page maximum).
  • Judging criteria: a brief description of how the entrant's activity addresses each of the judging criteria (three-page maximum).
  • Additional relevant information: at the discretion of the applicant (five-page maximum).

Please also provide a:

  • Photograph: with your email application, please attach a separate jpeg file of yourself or team (if Team Application) for promotional purposes (preferably landscape orientation and from above the waist and 10 MB).

Prize

Each Five Future-shaping Research Priorities category winner will receive a $7,000 (AU) prize money that will be allocated into a project account (expiring 31 December 2023) to be used by the winner to support further research endeavours.

Additional Information

  • Applications with incomplete sets of supporting information will not be considered and judges will only consider what has been provided within the parameters (e.g. page maximums, PDF format single document).
  • Applications must be no more than nine total pages in length.
  • Previous winners of Macquarie University Research Excellence Awards Five Future-shaping Research Priorities are not eligible to re-apply.
  • The deliberations of the judging panel are confidential and all recommendations and decisions taken are binding and final and no correspondence will be entered into on such matters.
  • The judges reserve the right not to award the prize if they feel the entries are insufficiently meritorious.
  • No entries received after the closing date will be considered.

Excellence in Research – Five Future-shaping Research Priorities

Excellence in Higher Degree Research Supervision – Supervisor of the Year

This award recognises our outstanding Higher Degree Research (HDR) supervisors who enable our HDR candidates to achieve their highest potential.  To be eligible, the applicant must have supervised HDR candidates at Macquarie for a minimum period of five years. Supervisors must also be up-to-date in their HDR supervisor training as evidenced by their HR training transcript from Workday.

Judging Criteria

The applicant must be able to provide tangible evidence of HDR supervision excellence and should specifically address how the work entered meets the following four judging criteria:

  1. An outstanding track record in Higher Degree Research supervision (25%). This may include:
    • Supervision practices that lead to theses judged to be of outstanding quality, student publications, prizes and awards, and/or presentations at prestigious conferences;
    • Evidence of a research program and academic profile that attract high calibre local and international students;
    • Supervision practices that lead to timely and successful completions;
    • Number of candidates supervised to completion;
    • Number of candidates supervised who have been nominated or awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Commendation for thesis excellence.
  2. Support for the development of students as researchers (25%). This may include:
    • Engagement of research students in the broader intellectual life of the Department, Faculty and University;
    • Support and encouragement for students to develop as independent researchers;
    • Support and encouragement for students to develop the full range of graduate attributes.
  3. Support for students' career development (25%). This may include:
    • Induction of students into the national and international research communities in their fields;
    • Mentoring of students in their career development following completion of their research higher degrees;
    • Encouragement of postgraduate students to participate in appropriate professional activities, including presentations and publication.
  4. Contribution to the development of excellent supervision practices within faculties, centres, departments, research groups or the wider University (25%). This may include:
    • Mentoring of staff new to supervision;
    • Involvement in and contribution to supervisor workshops and training;
    • Impact of research activities on research training and supervision;
    • Descriptions of steps taken to evaluate and improve training and supervision;
    • Development of Faculty and Department policies and programs to enhance the postgraduate community and the quality of the environment for postgraduate research.

Guidelines for Submission

Prepare a single PDF application containing the following information:

  • Judging criteria: a brief description of how the entrant's activity addresses each of the judging criteria (four-page maximum).
  • CV: curriculum vitae of entrant (four-page maximum).
  • Additional information: submission of any other relevant information that may assist the judging panel in decision making (five-page maximum).

Please also provide a:

  • Photograph: with your email application, please attach a separate jpeg file of yourself or team (if Team Application) for promotional purposes (preferably landscape orientation and from above the waist and 10 MB).

Prize

The Excellence in Higher Degree Research Supervision of the Year Award winner will receive $7,000 (AU) award that will be allocated into a project account (expiring 31 December 2023) to be used by the winner to support further research endeavours.

Additional Information

  • Applications with incomplete sets of supporting information will not be considered and judges will only consider what has been provided within the parameters (e.g. page maximums, PDF format single document).
  • Applications must be no more than 13 total pages in length.
  • Previous winners of Macquarie University Research Excellence Awards Excellence in Higher Degree Research Supervision categories are not eligible to re-apply.
  • The deliberations of the judging panel are confidential and all recommendations and decisions taken are binding and final and no correspondence will be entered into on such matters.
  • The judges reserve the right not to award the prize if they feel the entries are insufficiently meritorious.
  • No entries received after the closing date will be considered.

Excellence in Higher Degree Supervision

Early Career Researcher of the Year

This award will recognize outstanding performance in research by an early career researcher who is within five years post-completion (formal award) of his/her PhD or MPhil degree (after 1 May 2016). For entrants whose work has been realised over a period longer than five years from PhD award due to career disruption (pregnancy; major illness; or carer responsibilities), the entrant must address this in the entry documentation citing the circumstances of career disruption and demonstrating that the entrant has completed the work within a period of no more than five years FTE (full-time equivalent) research activity.

Categories

  • HASS
  • STEMM

Judging Criteria

The applicant must be able to provide tangible evidence of research excellence and should specifically address how the work entered meets the following four judging criteria:

  1. Originality (25%): describe how your research is original.
  2. Discipline/scientific specific rigour (25%): describe the discipline/scientific specific rigour of your research, including evidence that your research has undergone peer review.  This section can include:
    • high quality published papers;
    • production and showing of creative works at appropriate outlets;
    • peer recognition by invitations to speak at conferences/meetings;
    • success in obtaining external research funding.
  3. Potential impacts (25%): describe the potential impacts and wider benefits of your research:
    • The research should take the form of a significant and novel advance in research which has the potential to deliver significant benefits to Australian and/or international communities in the fields of the creative arts, culture, education, the environment, health, industry, the law, public or social policy, technology or commercial enterprise.
  4. Additional indicator (25%): applicants must address one of the following criteria to complete their application:
    • Synthesis of research: demonstration of cross-disciplinary research and/or collaboration in a multi-disciplinary team; peer review within and beyond the discipline; engagement with programs to enable integration such as entrepreneurship.
    • Embedding research activity or researchers into student learning and curriculum: demonstration of contribution/influence on research or curriculum committees; unit design and unit activities that build on research activity.
    • Engagement with industry, government or community: demonstration of positive engagement links with external partners to facilitate knowledge exchange, research translation or student engagement in practice.

Guidelines for Submission

Prepare a single PDF application containing the following information:

  • Research summary: a brief description of the research entered, including objectives and results to date (one-page maximum).
  • Judging criteria: a brief description of how the entrant's activity addresses each of the judging criteria (three-page maximum).
  • CV: curriculum vitae of entrant (two-page maximum).
  • Reference letter/s: a minimum of one and a maximum of three reference letters supporting the application and the quality of the applicant.  The letter(s) should be written by someone who is a senior academic (Level C or above) and who is familiar with the research and quality of the applicant.  Judges will rely on the reference letter(s) to provide additional perspective and informed opinion on applicants (reference letters are not included in the final page count).

Please also provide a:

  • Photograph: with your email application, please attach a separate jpeg file of yourself or team (if Team Application) for promotional purposes (preferably landscape orientation and from above the waist and 10 MB).

Prize

Each Macquarie University Early Career Researcher of the Year category winner will receive a $5,000 (AU) award that will be allocated into a project account (expiring 31 December 2023) to be used by the winner to support further research endeavours.

Additional Information

  • Applications with incomplete sets of supporting information will not be considered and judges will only consider what has been provided within the parameters (e.g. page maximums, PDF format single document).
  • Applications must be no more than six total pages in length (not including references).
  • Previous winners of Macquarie University Research Excellence Awards Early Career Researcher categories are not eligible to re-apply.
  • The deliberations of the judging panel are confidential and all recommendations and decisions taken are binding and final and no correspondence will be entered into on such matters.
  • The judges reserve the right not to award the prize if they feel the entries are insufficiently meritorious.
  • No entries received after the closing date will be considered.

Early Career Researcher of the Year

Excellence in Higher Degree Research

This award will be presented for outstanding research undertaken by a current or former higher degree research candidate. The research activity can be in any field and must have been developed at Macquarie University in the past four years – research outputs/outcomes delivered prior to May 2017 will not be considered.  Applicants who studied part-time and who can demonstrate research outcomes achieved prior to 2017 as being related to the delivery of their degree post-2017, are eligible to apply.

The Excellence in Higher Degree Research awards recognises excellence in scholarly research, the creation and application of research outcomes, the discovery of new knowledge or the use of existing knowledge in a new and creative way to generate new concepts, methodologies and understanding.

Categories

  • HASS
  • STEMM

Judging Criteria

The applicant must be able to provide tangible evidence of research excellence and should specifically address how the work entered meets the following three judging criteria:

  1. Originality (35%): describe how your research is original.
  2. Discipline specific rigour (30%): describe the discipline specific rigour of your research, including evidence that your research has undergone peer review.  This section can include:
    • Papers submitted to appropriate journals (single author or co-author). If listing co-authored articles, the applicant must provide a very brief (50 words) sentence description of their role in the production of the paper;
    • Attendance at conferences or meetings where your research is discussed or presented. This can include poster presentations and/or faculty-based research seminars.
  3. Potential impacts (35%): describe the potential impacts and wider benefits of your research:
    • The research should take the form of a significant and novel advance in research which has the potential to deliver significant benefits to Australian and/or international communities in the fields of the creative arts, culture, education, the environment, health, industry, the law, public or social policy, technology or commercial enterprise.

Guidelines for Submission

Prepare a single PDF application containing the following information:

  • Research summary: a brief description of the research entered, including objectives and results to date (one-page maximum).
    Judging criteria: a brief description of how the entrant's activity addresses each of the judging criteria (three-page maximum).
  • CV: curriculum vitae of entrant (two-page maximum).
  • Statement of support: a signed letter of support from the applicants’ HDR Supervisor that supports the student’s application and the quality of research submitted (one-page maximum)
  • Reference letter/s: a minimum of one and a maximum of three reference letters supporting the application and the quality of the applicant.  The letter(s) should be written by someone who is a senior academic (Level C or above) and who is familiar with the research and quality of the applicant.  Judges will rely on the reference letter(s) to provide additional perspective and informed opinion on applicants (the letters are not included in the total page count).

Please also provide a:

  • Photograph: with your email application, please attach a separate jpeg file of yourself or team (if Team Application) for promotional purposes (preferably landscape orientation and from above the waist and 10 MB).

Prize

Each Excellence in Higher Degree Research category winner will receive $3,000 (AU) prize money that will be allocated into the nominated bank account of the winning applicant.

Additional Information

  • Applications with incomplete sets of supporting information will not be considered and judges will only consider what has been provided within the parameters (e.g. page maximums, PDF format single document).
  • Applications must be no more than 7 total pages in length (not including references or statement of support).
  • Previous winners of Macquarie University Research Excellence Awards Higher Degree Research categories are not eligible to re-apply.
  • The deliberations of the judging panel are confidential and all recommendations and decisions taken are binding and final and no correspondence will be entered into on such matters.
  • The judges reserve the right not to award the prize if they feel the entries are insufficiently meritorious.
  • No entries received after the closing date will be considered.

Excellence in Higher Degree Research

To read more about our current and past award winners – please visit the Academic Staff Awards website.

Questions? Contact the Office of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) via dvcr.researchexcellence@mq.edu.au.

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