B/HERT 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 B/HERT Awards Dinner in November every year.
Best Research & Development Collaboration Award
The B/HERT Best Research & Development Collaboration 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.
All business/university collaborative programs or projects in research & development are eligible to apply. Collaborative partnerships may involve one or more tertiary education institutions, one or more industry partners, and/or international partners as long as there is one Australian entity involved in the project. See general guidelines.
Best Research Translation Award (NEW)
The new B/HERT Research Translation Award was introduced to the B/HERT Awards program to recognise successful translation processes that follow on from research activity, leading ultimately to commercialisation. All publicly funded research projects including business/university collaborative programs involved in translating research are eligible to apply.
The Research Translation Award requires a commercial relationship to exist between the parties following the research activity. There is an expectation that an agile transition has taken place from research to the translation phase of the innovation.
Best Higher Education & Training Collaboration Award
The B/HERT Higher Education & Training Collaboration 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.
All business/university collaborative programs or projects in education & training are eligible to apply. Collaborative partnerships may involve one or more tertiary education institutions, one or more industry partners, and/or international partners as long as there is one Australian entity involved in the project. See general guidelines.
Best Community Engagement Collaboration Award
The B/HERT Community Engagement Collaboration Award recognises outstanding initiatives conducted by higher education and industry designed to promote social, environmental, economic and cultural development of rural and regional communities.
These partnership initiatives may involve research, teaching or community engagement activities. Collaborative partnerships may involve one or more tertiary education institutions, one or more industry partners, and/or international partners as long as there is one Australian entity involved in the project. See general guidelines.
CPA Australia/ ABDC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Business Education Collaboration (NEW)
CPA Australia has been joined by the Australian Business Deans Council to create the new Outstanding Achievement in Business Education Collaboration Award to showcase the value of partnerships to enhance education outcomes across all business disciplines.
All business/university collaborative programs or projects involved in business education & training at the undergraduate or postgraduate levels are eligible to apply.
Ashley Goldsworthy Award for Sustained Collaboration between Business and Tertiary Education (NEW: $10,000 Prize)
The Ashley Goldsworthy Award for Sustained Collaboration was introduced in 2008 to recognise enduring inter-sectorial relationships that have achieved significant commercial, economic and/or social impact benefits.
B/HERT invites applications from universities and businesses with long term collaborative relationships to apply for this prestigious Award and for the first time will present a prize of $10,000 to the winner.
Best Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year Award
The B/HERT Best Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year Award recognises the importance of education in the process of developing and nurturing entrepreneurs and showcases best practice in entrepreneurial education.
Educators of post-secondary school, vocational education, training institutions, universities, employment programs to adult education programs are eligible. Collaborative partnerships may involve one or more education institutions and/or international partners as long as there is one Australian entity involved in the project.
Award for Outstanding Philanthropic Support of Higher Education
The B/HERT Award for Philanthropic Support of Higher Education recognises support for higher education and draws attention to the extent of this support. The award focuses on the key role philanthropic support plays in enabling important and innovative programs and in leveraging further support.
The award is made to an individual, family, group, foundation, charitable entity or other entity that through their leadership, custom, advocacy and example has encouraged and/or provided philanthropic support to one or more higher education institutions.
Nominations can be made by one or more institutions that have received philanthropic support from the nominee.
Please Note: There are no restrictions to the number of submissions per category or per institution to the B/HERT Awards. Any particular submission, however, can only be submitted to one category. The Judging Panel reserves the right to reallocate submissions to different categories should they believe the project better satisfies the criteria of another category. In cases where collaborative projects may qualify in more than one category, applicants may indicate a primary and secondary award category for the information of the judges.
Because the award is made to a program or project involving a collaborative partnership between business and higher education, the collaborating organisations must come from these sectors. The awards are open to B/HERT members and non-members alike.
The Awards are designed to recognise outstanding achievement in collaboration between one or more higher education institutions and one or more industry partners. In this regard industry is defined broadly as publicly and privately owned companies, associations and recognised community and welfare organisations. The underpinning interaction must be a true collaboration above and beyond what would normally be expected as part of routine activities. All parties must be actively involved and contributing, having a relationship well beyond a commercial or service delivery arrangement.
Although applications may be submitted for an award in one or more categories, an application may only win one award. On occasion judges will reassign the application to another category.
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