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The 2019 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.

Statistics after the Expression of Interest Period (First Round) 

The Business Higher Education Round Table (BHERT) has received a record number of applications for the annual Australian Awards for university collaboration.  155 submissions were lodged from 31 universities and their partners.  This is a 96% increase on the submissions for 2018 (79), which itself was the best result in the 21 years of the BHERT Awards.

The collaboration awards are broadly separated into 4 categories: research and development partnerships; higher education and training; community engagement; and national (non-economic) benefit.  The R&D partnerships received particularly strong demand with 55 Applications, reflecting national focus on competitive advantage through innovation.  BHERT also noted the extremely high quality of programs submitted by all participating universities, and the prominence of innovative partnerships between higher education institutions and leading companies, addressing the skills required for modern workplaces (32 Applications).  There were 44 partnerships between universities and community organisations. Another 24 Applications related to non-economic (environmental, cultural, or other) benefit.

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 collaborations between communities, higher education and industry for societal benefit. Of particular interest, partnerships that engage rural, regional, urban, disadvantaged or marginalised groups within Australia are encouraged to apply.

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.

Download the BHERT Award Application sample
(Research and Development, Higher Education and Training, Community Engagement, National (non-economic) Benefit)

Outstanding Leadership in University-Business Collaboration (the Ashley Goldsworthy Award)

This award recognises individuals who have made notable contributions to industry-university collaborations above and beyond that expected for their role, resulting in sustained and impactful partnerships. Professor Goldsworthy has been a leader in Australian industry and academia for 50 years.

Download the Ashley Goldsworthy Award Application sample
(For the Ashley Goldsworthy Award only)


Have you been invited to proceed to the Second Round? 

BHERT has informed successful applicants, and provided feedback to those who were unsuccessful. 

Successful applicants are directed to use our Online Portal to answer specific criteria for the Second Round. 


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