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The BHERT Awards

About the BHERT Awards

In 1998 BHERT initiated a series of Awards to reinforce the importance of business-university partnerships in innovation, R&D and teaching. These are prestigious annual awards which recognise outstanding achievement in collaboration between the sectors of business and higher education.

Award Applications are assessed by a panel of independent judges against a number of criteria. The submissions must be highly innovative and reflect a strong relationship between partners. The winning Projects are also those deemed to have measurable outcomes, and high impact for Australia.

Now in their 22nd year, the BHERT Awards are presented at a dedicated Awards Ceremony. The Awards are sponsored by university and business members of BHERT. 

Award Categories

Outstanding Collaboration in Research and Development

This award recognises excellence in basic and applied research activity undertaken jointly by researchers in tertiary education institutes and partners in business and industry. This award focuses on fundamental research (sometimes called discovery, basic or sky-blue research) that will result in the development of new ideas, the creation of jobs and an enhanced quality of life in Australia.

Outstanding Collaboration in Higher Education and Training 

This award recognises outstanding contributions to enhancing the quality of learning and teaching in higher education by members of tertiary education institutions and industry partners. For the purposes of this awards program, industry is broadly defined as publicly and privately-owned companies, federal, state and government departments, statutory authorities, industry associations, unions, not-for-profits and recognised community organisations.

Outstanding Collaboration in Community Engagement

This award recognises outstanding initiatives conducted by higher education and industry designed to promote economic, social, environmental or cultural development of rural and regional communities. This award focuses on close engagement with a broad community.

Outstanding Collaboration for National (non-economic) Benefit

This award recognises outstanding collaborative efforts for the benefit of the nation. Benefits should include social, environmental and cultural outcomes. The primary purpose of the project is not to generate economic wealth for a company, university or other group.

BHERT Streamlines Award Application Process:
Easier for Applicants and Assessors

After discussion with a number of participants, and analysis of similar awards processes, BHERT have modified the application process for the BHERT Awards. The improvements respond to the high demand for these Awards, the importance to participating companies and universities, and the significant work required on an Application.

BHERT’s aim is to reduce the workload for all parts of the system, without impairing the quality of its outcomes.

BHERT now runs a two-stage application process, with the first stage requiring only a one-page “Expression of Interest” to be submitted.

Expressions of Interest to apply for Awards will be accepted from Monday 4th March to Tuesday 16th April via the BHERT website. BHERT will then select the top applicants in each Award category, who will be invited to complete a full Application through our Online Portal from Monday 13th May  to Tuesday 9th July. These full applications will be judged by our expert panel, and winners will be announced at our BHERT Awards Ceremony. 

This new streamlined process significantly reduces the initial workload required for Applicants, as the one-page Expression of Interest requires only limited information, and no letters of support from other parties. Completing an Expression of Interest should take no more than a few hours. BHERT hopes the shorter Expression of Interest will encourage the submission of more and more diverse collaborative projects for consideration.

Please note there is no restriction on the number of Expressions of Interest that can be submitted per institution.  

The streamlined process means that only those who make the shortlist will need to complete a full Application This new two-stage process also reduces the number of Applications given to the judging panel for assessment. This reduces their workload and allows them to focus their efforts on evaluating the most competitive entries.

Ultimately, this streamlined process will allow BHERT to better showcase Australia’s best collaborative projects.

The online Expression of Interest form will be available shortly.

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