5 Minute Research Pitch (5RP)

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Friday 20 October 2017

VU researchers are participating in the 5 Minute Research Pitch (5RP) competition.

The 5 Minute Research Pitch (5RP) is an opportunity for early and mid-career researchers to showcase their research to a national audience and win funding to further their research in the future.

The competition involves researchers delivering a short, 5-minute presentation of a current research project. Researchers first compete in the VU heat, and then the final will be held at Southern Cross University. The competition is similar to the 3 Minute Thesis competition that is run nationally for PhD students.

Prize money of up to $3,000 will be awarded to the overall winner of the national competition. There will also be smaller prizes for the discipline winners of both the VU heat and the national final.

Details of the competition

The 5RP is a re-branded version of the Australian Competitive Research Symposium (ACRS) that VU has participated in for the past four years. This year the participating universities are:

  • Australian Catholic University
  • Central Queensland University
  • Charles Stuart University
  • Edith Cowan University
  • Federation University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Southern Queensland
  • Victoria University.

VU final

Date: Friday 20 October 2017, 2-4pm
Location: Footscray Park Campus, Building M, Room M001

Register to be part of the audience for the VU final.

National final

Date: Tuesday 21 November 2016
Location: Central Queensland University, Melbourne Campus.

Nominees must commit to being available on both days, and to travel to the national final to be eligible.


Academic staff at Level A, B and C who are active, proven researchers are eligible to compete. Nominees must be able to attend the VU heat and the national final.

Past overall winners are not eligible, but divisional winners, place-getters, and other finalists may re-enter.

Please note that this competition is not open to HDR students.

Register to take part

Entries close 2 October 2017.

Download the Expression of Interest form to enter.

Register to be part of the audience via 5 Minute Research Pitch (5RP) - VU finals

For more information please see the attached 5RP guidelines or email [email protected].

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20 October 2017, 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Footscray Park Ballarat Road

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