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The 2017 BHERT Awards

The BHERT Awards were established in 1998 to recognise outstanding achievement in collaboration between business and higher education in the fields of research & development and education & training. The objective of the program is to highlight at a national level the benefits of such collaboration and enhance links between industry and universities.

The Awards are presented at the BHERT Awards Dinner in November every year. Now in its 20th year, the 2017 BHERT Awards will be held on Tuesday 21st November.

2017 BHERT Awards online submission portal

How to Apply

The online award submission portal will be open from June 1st, 9am through to September 1st, 5pm.


Guidelines and Application Samples

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2017 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 institutions and partners in business and industry. This award focuses on fundamental research (sometimes called discovery, basic or blue sky research) that will result in the development of new ideas, the creation of jobs, economic growth and an enhanced quality of life in Australia.

Outstanding Collaboration in Higher Education & 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 defined broadly 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. 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.

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

This award, also known as the Ashley Goldsworthy Award, recognises an individual providing outstanding leadership in University and Business Collaboration, preferably over multiple projects.

The 2017 BHERT Awards Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony

The 2017 BHERT Awards Dinner will be held on Tuesday 21 November at new venue, Park Hyatt Melbourne, from 7pm. Save the date!

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