Research Awards

The Innovative Research Award and Distinguished Research Award.

Innovative Research Award

These awards were announced in 2016. They recognise outstanding research by emerging art and design academics.

Nomination Process

Nominations from Heads of School (or equivalent) should comprise:

  • A 1-page evidence-based statement in the format provided addressing the selection criteria;
    This should address as many selection criteria as possible and relevant for the candidate in relation to the award. Evidence should include examples, awards, teaching metrics, etc. Download the form here: Nomination Form – Innovative Research Award (2020)
  • The candidate’s CV, with attention to achievements relevant to the selection criteria, ie in the area of teaching, research and practice.

Deadline and Submission

We are now accepting nominations for this award.

Closing date for submissions is 19th August 2022.
Successful applicants will be notified on the 29th September 2022.

Please direct all queries to Thao Nguyen, Executive Officer, ACUADS admin@acuads.com.au (Office hours: Fridays).

Selection Criteria

  • Ground-breaking research in the form of a doctoral thesis and/or research outcomes;
  • Evidence of positive reception in the form of national or international impact and/or the esteem of peers.
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Excellence in Research

These awards were announced in 2022, They recognise excellence in research by established art and design academics; work that is of national significance.

The benchmark for the award of Excellence in Teaching is Level C/D academic performance

Deadline and Submission

We are now accepting nominations for this award.

Closing date for submissions is 19th August 2022.
Successful applicants will be notified on the 29th September 2022.

Please direct all queries to Thao Nguyen, Executive Officer, ACUADS admin@acuads.com.au (Office hours: Fridays).

Selection Criteria

  • Ground-breaking research in the form of peer-reviewed research outcomes;
  • Evidence of positive reception in the form of national or international impact and/or the esteem of peers.
  • The award recognises a distinguished career in significant research achievements and in the co-ordination, supervision, mentoring and/or examination of higher degree art and design research students. They publicly acknowledge the major achievements and leadership qualities of a senior colleague as determined by their peers.
  • Demonstration of a strong record of published work or other demonstrated scholarly activities.
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Distinguished Research Award

The award recognises a distinguished career in significant research achievements and in the co-ordination, supervision, mentoring and/or examination of higher degree art and design research students. They publicly acknowledge the major achievements and leadership qualities of a senior colleague as determined by their peers.

Nomination Process

Nominations from Heads of School (or equivalent) should comprise:

  • A 1-page evidence-based statement in the format provided addressing the selection criteria;
    This should address as many selection criteria as possible and relevant for the candidate in relation to the award. Evidence should include examples, awards, teaching metrics, etc. Download the form here: Nomination Form – Distinguished Research Award (2020)
  • The candidate’s CV, with attention to achievements relevant to the selection criteria, ie in the area of teaching, research and practice.

Deadline and Submission

We are now accepting nominations for this award.

Closing date for submissions is 19th August 2022.
Successful applicants will be notified on the 29th September 2022.

Please direct all queries to Thao Nguyen, Executive Officer, ACUADS admin@acuads.com.au (Office hours: Fridays).

Selection Criteria

  • Consistent excellence in research, measured by internationally and/or nationally significant exhibitions and/or publications;
  • International or national recognition of research practice via grant success, awards and/or broad citations;
  • Proven record of enthusing and mentoring higher degree research students, demonstrable via doctoral completion and track record of graduates developing professional careers;
  • Proven and sustained dedication to art and design research via convenor, advisor, examiner and/or external program review roles;
  • Evidence of fostering an institutional research culture;
  • Exemplary record of successful leadership in art and design research;
  • Evidence of sustained advocacy for art and design research.