2019 Research Excellence Awards (Now Open)

Macquarie University’s researchers address many of the really big, 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.

Application process

Applications and nominations for the 2019 Research Excellence Awards are now open.

Application guidelines including categories and key dates will be updated on both Research impact web page and Learning and teaching website.

Applications close at 11:59 pm on the 30th of June, 2019. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

The 2019 Research Excellence Award categories are:

The Jim Piper Award for Excellence in Research Leadership

  • This award is to recognise, encourage and reward those researchers who are on a path to becoming research leaders at Macquarie. Outstanding and inspiring 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.

Excellence in Research: Five Future-shaping Research Priorities (one award allocated per priority)

  • The Excellence in Research: Future-shaping Research Priority 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 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. Research submitted under these categories must have been undertaken at Macquarie within the preceding 6 years (1 May 2013).

Excellence in Higher Degree Research Supervisor of the Year Award

  • This award recognises our outstanding HDR supervisors who enable our Higher Degree Research [HDR] candidates to achieve their highest potential. To be eligible, the applicant must have supervised HDR candidates at Macquarie for a minimum period of 5 years. Supervisors must also be up-to-date in their HDR supervisor training and be listed on the HDR Supervisor registry.

Macquarie University Early Career Researcher of the Year 

  • This award, in both STEMM & HASS – based disciplines, will recognise outstanding performance in research by an early career researcher who is within six years post-completion (formal award) of his/her PhD or MPhil degree – therefore after 1 May 2013. For entrants whose work has been realised over a period longer than 6 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 6 years FTE (full time equivalent) research activity.

Excellence in Higher Degree Research

  • This award, in both STEMM & HASS-based disciplines, 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 May 2015 will not be considered. Applicants who studied part-time and who can demonstrate research outcomes achieved prior to 2015 as being related to the delivery of their degree post-2015, are eligible to apply.

Questions related to the guidelines and application process should be directed to dvcr.researchexcellence@mq.edu.au.  Emails will be responded to within 3 business days.

Academic staff award ceremony

The Academic staff award ceremony will be held on Monday 18 November 2019. We look forward to celebrating our academics’ fine achievements, and further details about the event will be updated closer to date.

Macquarie University’s Academic Staff Awards acknowledges the nexus between teaching and research. In 2019 we celebrate the highly-commended finalists and winners for both the Vice-Chancellor’s Learning and Teaching Awards and the Research Excellence Awards – celebrating our long history of
teaching and research excellence.

The Academic Staff Awards is an opportunity for Macquarie to acknowledge and celebrate the diversity and quality of research conducted at our University and reward and celebrate the efforts of individuals and teams who make outstanding contributions to learning and teaching and improve the quality of student engagement, experience and learning outcomes.