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Massey University College Research Awards and University Medals Guidelines 

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The Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor Research, Academic & Enterprise is pleased to announce the Massey University College Research Awards will open from Monday, 28th August 2017 and will close on Monday, 16th October 2017 at 5:00pm.

The Massey University College Research Awards recognize the outstanding research achievements of Massey University staff.  Three awards will be given annually within each College:

  1. College Research Award - Individual
  2. College Research Award - Supervisor
  3. College Research Award - Early Career

Within the University Medal honours, there is a fourth award: Massey University Research Medal, Team. For the team award, there is no College equivalent submission. Applications are all submitted directly for consideration of the University Medal.  

Please note: the winners of the College Awards are automatically nominated for the Massey University Medal equivalent within the given year. Previous winners (past years) of College Awards are also eligible but must apply directly to the University Medal equivalent. 

The University Research Medals are the highest award for research bestowed by the University (Honorary Degrees excluded). A sub-committee of the University Research Committee will review applications and select the Massey University Medal recipients. Please note: you can only be awarded the University Medal once in each category.

The Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor Research, Academic & Enterprise invites nominations from heads of academic units, research centre directors, research directors and also invites self-nominations and nominations by colleagues. The winners of the College Awards will be presented with their award at a special College ceremony. The University Research Medals may be presented annually. Medal awardees will be honoured at the annual Massey University awards dinner (held in March the following year).

Before applying please ensure you have read through the guidelines provided here:  2017 Massey University College Research Awards and University Medals Guidelines.docx (28 KB)

New Applicants 
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Previous Winners Apply Here

template

College Awards, University Medals Template.docx (79 KB)

timeline

  • Nominations Open: Monday, 28th August 2017
  • Nominations Close: Monday, 16th October 2017 at 5:00pm
  • Selection: November 2017

Recipients (Past & Present)

The recipients of these awards epitomise our values of creativity, innovation and connectedness. For more information on this year's and past winners, please visit Research Excellence Awards.

Contact

Any additional questions contact Marise Murrie M.D.Murrie@massey.ac.nz.

   College Research Award - Individual

The College Research Award, Individual has been established in order to recognise outstanding research contributions in a particular discipline. One award may be granted annually in each College to award and promote research excellence. The winner of this award in each College will automatically be nominated for the University Research Medal which is the highest award for research bestowed by Massey University (Honorary Degrees excluded). The University Research Medal may be awarded annually and a research grant of $20,000 will be awarded.

Eligibility

Candidates:

  1. Must be full-time academic or research employees of Massey University who have been employed continuously for the past five years.
  2. Have at least ten years research experience.
  3. Have made a significant contribution to their field of study.
  4. Recipients may only receive this award once.

Criteria

Provide evidence of sustained research excellence in a subject or discipline through research outputs and associated research contributions.

Application/Nomination procedure

Applications/Nominations may be made by any current staff member and documentation should be submitted to the Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Research, Academic and Enterprise via the online portal. The following information should be included in the nomination/application as set out below in order to assist the work of the Medals Selection Committee.

Enter Directly into online portal

1. Standard application details:

  • name of applicant/nominee;
  • department;
  • position;
  • number of years employment at the University; and
  • a statement from the applicant/nominator(s) outlining the reasons for their application/support.

2. The names of five potential referees, from which the Selection Committee will select three whom it may contact directly plus other referees chosen by the Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Research, Academic and Enterprise.

Document to be uploaded into the portal

  1. A current curriculum vitae of the applicant/nominee on the template provided here College Awards, University Medals Template.docx (79 KB) ;
  2. Evidence of excellence in research in a subject or discipline through research outputs and associated research contributions; and
  3. A supporting statement from the Head of Department/Institute/School or Director of a Research Centre and/or College Pro Vice-Chancellor.

Selection process

Applications/Nominations will be assessed on behalf of the University Research Committee by a Medals Selection Committee consisting of one representative from each College. The appointment of the Chair and members from each College will be determined by the Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Research, Academic and Enterprise in consultation with the College Pro Vice-Chancellors. In exceptional cases the Vice-Chancellor may vary the number of awards made annually.

Closing date

Applications/Nominations should be submitted to the Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Research, Academic and Enterprise by Monday, 16th October 2017 at 5:00pm via the online application portal.

   College Research Award - Supervisor

This Research Award has been established to recognize and promote excellence within research supervision practice within each of the Colleges. One award may be granted annually with the objective of the award being to recognize staff who have an outstanding record of research supervision at Masters and/or Doctoral level. The winner of this award in each College will automatically be nominated for the Massey University Research Medal – Supervisor. The University Medal may be awarded annually and a research grant of $10,000 awarded.

Eligibility

1. Candidates:

  • must be full-time academic or research employees of Massey University who have been employed continuously for the past five years;
  • should have at least ten years research experience;
  • must have made a significant contribution to their field of study.

2. A recipient may only receive this award once.

Criteria

Sustained excellence of successful research supervision across post graduate qualifications with associated evidence relevant to the discipline and subject of study and research.

The primary criteria for selection will be:

1. Evidence of the quality of the nominee/applicant’s and their students’ research outputs must include:

  • A list of research outputs, especially these in refereed journals;
  • A list of patents, contracts and their estimated value;
  • A list of conference and other presentations at professional meetings.

2. Details of the students successfully supervised and details of their present appointments and any achievements they have made or awards honours received;

3. Any other relevant information.

Application/Nomination procedure

Applications/Nominations may be made by any current staff member and documentation should be submitted to the Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Research, Academic and Enterprise via the online application portal. The following information should be included in the nomination/application in the order set out below in order to assist the work of the Medals Selection Committee.

Enter Directly into online portal

1. Standard application details:

  • name of applicant/nominee;
  • department;
  • position;
  • number of years employment at the University; and

2. a statement from the applicant/nominator(s) outlining the reasons for their application/support;

3. Complete the table including the names of Masters and PhD candidates.  Clearly indicate the role performed in the supervision of the thesis (i.e. Primary Supervisor, Co-Supervisor) and estimation of the contribution made to the supervision process (i.e. 75%, 10%, etc).

Document to be uploaded into the portal

1. A current curriculum vitae of the applicant/nominee on the template provided here College Awards, University Medals Template.docx (79 KB) ;

2. Evidence of research quality sources as relevant, such as:

  • Research outputs, especially these in refereed journals;
  • Quality assured exhibitions / designs / performances;
  • Patents;
  • External research contracts;
  • Conference contributions and other presentations to professional bodies.

3. Any other supporting information, such as referees’ or examiners’ reports which evaluate the quality of the student’s thesis or supervision;

4. Copies of testimonials from five students who have graduated;

5. A supporting statement from the Head of Department/Institute/School, or Manager, Graduate Research School.

Selection process

Applications/Nominations will be assessed on behalf of the University Research Committee by a Medals Selection Committee consisting of one representative from each College. The appointment of the Chair and members from each College will be determined by the Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Research, Academic and Enterprise in consultation with the College Pro Vice-Chancellors.

Closing date

Applications/Nominations should be submitted to the Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Research, Academic and Enterprise by Monday, 16th October 2017 at 5:00pm via the online application portal.

   College Research Award - Early Career

The College Research Award, Early Career has been established to recognise and promote research excellence within each of the Colleges. One award may be granted annually in each College to recognise staff who have completed their terminal degree, or equivalent, within the past seven years and who are showing research potential and leadership of the highest calibre. The winner of this award will automatically be nominated for the Massey University Research Medal, Early Career. The Massey University Research Medal, Early Career may be awarded annually and a research grant of $10,000 will be awarded.

Eligibility

1. Candidates:

  • should be full-time academic or research employees of Massey University;
  • must have been appointed to their first fulltime academic or research appointment within the past seven years to the closing date of their application;
  • should have an excellent academic record, which comprises of an appropriate postgraduate qualification obtained within the past seven years to the closing date of their application/nomination;

2. Notwithstanding the eligibility regulations above, staff members who are appointed at Associate Professor or above will be deemed to be ineligible for the purposes of this award;

3. A recipient may only receive this award once.

Please note: Researchers who may have experienced significant disruption to their early research career due to family, health, career or other similar issues may still apply and should provide detail of these disruptions in a statement attached to their application. The Medals Selection Committee at its discretion will determine eligibility of these applicants.

Criteria

Provide evidence of sustained research excellence in a subject or discipline through research outputs and associated research contributions.

Application/Nomination procedure

Applications/Nominations may be made by any current staff member and documentation should be submitted to the Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Research, Academic and Enterprise via the online application portal. The following information should be included in the application/nomination in the order set out below in order to assist the work of the Medals Selection Committee.

Enter Directly into online portal

1. Standard application details:

  • name of applicant/nominee;
  • department;
  • position;
  • number of years employment at the University;
  • number of years since graduating with terminal degree; and

2. a statement from the applicant/nominator(s) outlining the reasons for their application/support.

Document to be uploaded into the portal

  1. A current curriculum vitae of the applicant/candidate on the template provided here College Awards, University Medals Template.docx (79 KB) ;
  2. Evidence of research quality and excellence in a subject or discipline through research outputs and associated research contributions;
  3. Current research activity being undertaken by the candidate and the future direction and benefits arising from these endeavours;
  4. The names of five potential referees, from which the Selection Committee will select three whom it may contact directly plus other referees chosen by the Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Research, Academic and Enterprise;
  5. A supporting statement from the Head of Department/Institute/School or Director of the Centre.

Selection process

Applications/Nominations will be assessed on behalf of the University Research Committee by a Medals Selection Committee consisting of one representative from each College. The appointment of the Chair and members from each College will be determined by the Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Research, Academic and Enterprise in consultation with the College Pro Vice-Chancellors.

Closing date

Applications/Nominations should be submitted to the Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Research, Academic and Enterprise by Monday, 16th October 2017 at 5:00pm via the online application portal.

    University Research Medal - Team

The Research Medal has been established in order to recognize outstanding research contributions by a team. One medal may be awarded annually to each full-time academic or research member of the team and a research grant of $25,000 will be awarded to the team. 

Eligibility

  1. The team leader and more than half the team must be full-time academic or research employees of Massey University and at least three of whom have been employed continuously for the past five years;
  2. The research team must comprise at least five individuals;
  3. The research team must have made a significant research contribution to their field of study;
  4. A research team may only receive this award once in a five-year period.

Criteria

Provide evidence of sustained research excellence through research outputs and associated research contributions.

Selection will be based on:

  1. Evidence of outstanding research contribution within the team’s discipline;
  2. Major external research honours or awards;
  3. Any other relevant information.

Application/Nomination procedure

Applications/Nominations may be made by any current staff member and documentation should be submitted to the Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Research, Academic and Enterprise via the online application portal. The following information should be included in the application/nomination in the order set out below in order to assist the work of the Medals Selection Committee. Applications/Nominations of interdisciplinary teams are especially encouraged.

Enter Directly into online portal

1. Standard application details:

  • listing the names of the research team;
  • department(s);
  • positions;
  • number of years employment at the University; and

2. A statement from the applicant(s)/nominator(s) outlining the reasons for their application/support;

3. A supporting statement from the leader of the team which outlines the contributions of each team member.

Document to be uploaded into the portal

1. Evidence of research quality including, but not restricted to, on the template provided here College Awards, University Medals Template.docx (79 KB) ;

  • A significant discovery and the dissemination of new knowledge;
  • A highly regarded research paper or similar piece of scholarship;
  • Highly regarded artworks, exhibitions, designs or performances;
  • Significant patents;
  • Significant research grants;
  • The receipt of a major external research honour;
  • Being part of an important research collaboration or linkage with an external body; and

2. Any other relevant information, such as visual or media portfolio;

3. A supporting statement from the Head(s) of Department/Institute/School or equivalent and College Pro Vice-Chancellor(s).

Selection process

Applications/Nominations will be assessed on behalf of the University Research Committee by a Medals Selection Committee consisting of one representative from each College. The appointment of the Chair and members from each College will be determined by the Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Research, Academic and Enterprise in consultation with the College Pro Vice-Chancellors.

Closing date

Applications/Nominations should be submitted to the Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Research, Academic and Enterprise by Monday, 16th October 2017 at 5:00pm via the online application portal.

External

There are a wide range of medals and awards recognising outstanding researchers who have contributed to New Zealand's advancement of knowledge and research excellence as well as support through various fellowships. These include New Zealand opportunities and international collaborations through funding bodies such as RSNZ, Humboldt, Government of NZ, NZ Assn of Scientists, and Fulbright.  

Below you will find an extensive list of medals, awards and fellowships available at each stage of a researchers career path. Details include the funding body, description and submission due date.  

   PhD

RSNZ

Hatherton Award

The Hatherton Award is awarded for the best scientific paper by a student registered for the degree of PhD at any New Zealand University, published or accepted for publication either during their studies or within two years of the completion of the PhD in Physical Sciences, Earth Sciences and Mathematical and Information Sciences. The Hatherton Award consists of a framed certificate and $500.

 

30 April annually

   Early Career Researcher (ECR)

Humboldt

Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers

Awarded to researchers who completed their doctorate in the last four years. Allows the researcher to carry out a long-term research project (6-24 months) in cooperation with an academic host at a research institution in Germany. Scientists and scholars of all nationalities and disciplines may apply.

 

Continuous

RSNZ

Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Research Excellence Award for Humanities

Annual award for the encouragement of early-career researchers currently based in New Zealand for humanities research in New Zealand. The Early Career Research Excellence Award for Humanities consists of a framed certificate and $2,500.

30 April annually

RSNZ

Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Research Excellence Award for Social Sciences

Annual award for the encouragement of early-career researchers currently based in New Zealand for social sciences research in New Zealand. The Early Career Research Excellence Award for Social Sciences consists of a framed certificate and $2,500.

30 April annually

RSNZ

Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Research Excellence Award for Science (the Hamilton Award)

Annual award for the encouragement of early-career researchers currently based in New Zealand for scientific research in New Zealand. The Award consists of a framed certificate and $2,500. This prize is associated with the Hamilton Lecture.

30 April annually

RSNZ

Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Research Excellence Award for Technology, Applied Science and Engineering (the Cooper Award)

Annual award for the encouragement of early-career researchers currently based in New Zealand for research in New Zealand. The Early Career Award for Social Sciences consists of a framed certificate and $2,500.

30 April annually

The Government of New Zealand

The Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize

This Prize is for an outstanding emerging scientist undertaking research in New Zealand for a PhD,or graduates within 5 years of having completed their PhD. To be eligible the entrant must have been awarded their PhD from 1st January 2011, or later

 

24 July annually

   Early Career Researcher - Mid-Career Researcher

RSNZ

Rutherford Discovery Fellowship

The Rutherford Discovery Fellowships support New Zealand’s most talented early- to mid-career researchers. This new Fellowship scheme also aims to attract top researchers, with international research experience, back to New Zealand.

April annually

   Mid-Career Researcher

The New Zealand Association of Scientists

Research Medal

The Research Medal is awarded for outstanding fundamental or applied research in the physical, natural or social sciences published by a scientist or scientists within 15 years of their PhD.

 

31 July annually

   Mid-Career Researcher - Established Researcher

Fulbright

Fulbright-Wallace Arts Trust Award                                                          

 For an outstanding mid-career or senior New Zealand visual artist to undertake a three-month residency at Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California. One award valued at over US$24,000 is granted each year, towards a three months artist residency.

 

26 July annually

RSNZ

Hector Medal

The Hector Medal is awarded annually in rotation, for chemical sciences, physical sciences, mathematical and information sciences to the researcher who, working within New Zealand, has undertaken work of great scientific or technological merit and has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the particular branch of science. This year is it awarded in physical sciences.

 

30 April annually

RSNZ

Hutton Medal

Awarded annually, in rotation, for earth sciences, plant sciences, and animal sciences, to the researcher who, working within New Zealand, has significantly advanced understanding of the natural environment of New Zealand through work of outstanding scientific or technological merit. The awardee must have received the greater part of his/her education in New Zealand or have resided in New Zealand for not less than 10 years. This year the medal is awarded in Earth Sciences.

 

 

30 April annually

RSNZ

MacDiarmid Medal

Awarded annually to a person who, while in New Zealand, has undertaken outstanding scientific research that demonstrates the potential for application to human benefit, such as in the areas of health, environment and technology.

30 April annually

RSNZ

Mason Durie Medal

To recognise an outstanding contribution to the social sciences that while originating in a New Zealand environment, has had an international impact.

30 April annually

RSNZ

Pickering Medal

The Medal is to be awarded annually to a person who, while in New Zealand, has through design, development or invention performed innovative work the results of which have been significant in their influence and recognition both nationally and internationally, or which have led to significant commercial success.

 

30 April annually

RSNZ

Te Rangi Hiroa Medal

Awarded biennially to the researcher who working within New Zealand, has undertaken work of great scientific or technological merit and has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of historical approaches to societal transformation and change; current issues in cultural diversity and cohesion; social and economic policy and development; or medical anthropology.

30 April annually

The Government of New Zealand

The Prime Minister’s Science Media Communication Prize

This Prize will be given to a practising scientist who is an effective communicator and will provide them with an opportunity to further develop their knowledge and capability in science media communication.

 

24 July annually

The New Zealand Association of Scientists

Shorland Medal

The Shorland Medal is awarded in recognition of major and continued contribution to basic or applied research that has added significantly to scientific understanding or resulted in significant benefits to society.

 

31 July annually

     Established Researcher

Humboldt

Humboldt Research Award

Granted in recognition of a researcher's entire achievements to date to academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future.

 

Continuous

RSNZ

James Cook Research Fellowship

To researchers who are recognised leaders in their respective fields, have the requisite qualifications and experience, and are able to demonstrate that they have achieved national and international recognition in their area of scientific or technological research. The Fellowships allow them to concentrate on their chosen research for two years without the additional burden of administrative and teaching duties.  The funding package annually is $100,000 plus GST and up to $10,000 plus GST in relevant expenses.

  • Biological Sciences (including biotechnology)
  • Physical Sciences (including chemical sciences; geosciences, mathematical and information sciences)
  • Social Sciences (including research of relevance to peoples of New Zealand and/or the South-west Pacific)

 

 

Mid May annually

RSNZ

Pou Aronui Award

This award is an honorary title bestowed on suitable persons who have provided distinguished service to the humanities-aronui. It is an annual award that recognises contributory and dedicated service to the humanities-aronui over a sustained period.

30 April annually

RSNZ

Rutherford Medal

This is the highest award instituted by the Royal Society of New Zealand at the request of the Government to recognise exceptional contributions to the advancement and promotion of public awareness, knowledge and understanding in addition to eminent research or technological practice by a person or group in any field of science, mathematics, social science, or technology. A group award shall only be made in very meritorious circumstances. Medal and prize money: $100,000

30 April annually

RSNZ

Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand

Nominees for the award will be expected to have contributed significantly to science, technology, the humanities and the New Zealand community beyond their regular employment although such activities may be associated with or arise out of their employment.

 

Continuous

The New Zealand Association of Scientists

Marsden Medal

The Marsden Medal is awarded for a lifetime of outstanding service to the cause or profession of science, in the widest connotation of the phrase.

 

31 July annually

     Any Stage

Fulbright

Fulbright-Cognition Scholar Award in Education Research

The Fulbright-Cognition Scholar Award in Education Research is for a New Zealand researcher or educator to pursue research in the US designed to have an impact on New Zealand student outcomes. One or two awards valued at up to US$37,500 are granted each year, towards two to five months of research.

1 October

annually

Fulbright

Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer’s Residency

For a New Zealand writer of Pacific heritage to carry out work on a creative writing project exploring Pacific identity, culture or history at the University of Hawai‘i for three months. One award valued at NZ$30,000 is granted each year, towards three months of writing.

1 March annually

Fulbright

Fulbright New Zealand Scholar Award

 For New Zealand academics, artists or professionals to lecture and/or conduct research at US institutions. A small number of awards valued at up to US$32,500 plus travel are granted each year, towards three to five months of lecturing and/or research. These awards are available for lecturing and/or research in any field.

 

1 October

annually

Fulbright

Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Scholar Award

For a New Zealand academic, artist or professional to lecture and/or conduct research at a US institution in the field of indigenous development. One award valued at up to US$32,500 plus travel is granted each year, towards three to five months of lecturing and/or research.

The award is available for lecturing and/or research which fits within one of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga’s research themes( www.maramatanga.ac.nz).

 

1 October

annually

RSNZ

Callaghan Medal

Science communication award, for outstanding contribution to science communication, in particular raising public awareness of the value of science to human progress, awarded annually.

30 April annually

RSNZ

Humanities Aronui Medal

Awarded annually for research or innovative work of outstanding merit in the Humanities.  This includes conventional academic research and work in the creative arts. Researchers from all disciplines of the Humanities will be considered each year.  The disciplines: Humanities includes languages, history, religion, philosophy, law, classics, linguistics, literature, cultural studies, media studies, art history, film, and drama.

 

30 June annually

RSNZ

Scott Medal

Awarded biennially to the researcher who, working within New Zealand, has undertaken work of great merit and has made an outstanding contribution towards the advancement of the following branches of Engineering: chemical, civil, environmental, forestry, agricultural and resource engineering;  electrical, electronic, information and mechanical engineering; or technologies associated with biological, food, natural products processing (meat, wool, dairy, skin etc) and medical practice technologies.

30 April annually

RSNZ

Thomson Medal

Awarded annually for outstanding and inspirational leadership in the management of science leading to the development and application of science and/or technology to wealth generation in New Zealand.

 

30 April annually

The New Zealand Association of Scientists

Science Communicator Award

This award is made annually to a practising scientist (or group of scientists) for excellence in communicating science to the general public, in any area of science or technology. Nominations are sought from scientific organizations, scientific associations and individuals.

 

31 July annually

The Government of New Zealand

The Prime Minister’s Science Prize

This Prize is in recognition of a trans-formative science discovery or achievement which has led to an economic, health, social and/or environmental impact on New Zealand, or internationally.

In this context, science is taken to encompass the physical, chemical, biological, social and technological sciences, mathematics and engineering.

 

24 July annually

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