Five Minute Research Pitch

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The Five Minute Research Pitch (5RP) competition involves researchers delivering a short, five minute presentation of a current research project. It is similar to the Three Minute Thesis competition run nationally for PhD students.

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.

2017 winners

2017 VU 5RP finalists

Dr Paul Larkin from the College of Sport & Exercise Science was awarded as the winner of discipline one for his presentation Right Place, Right Time, with the Right Eye Watching: Talent Identification and Recruitment in Team Sports.

Dr Fiona McLachlan from the College of Sport & Exercise Science was awarded as the winner of discipline two for her presentation Giving Voice to the ‘Silent Game’.

Dr Fiona McLachlan also won the Audience's Choice award for 5RP VU Final 2017.

The winners represented VU at the 5RP National Final hosted by Central Queensland University at their Melbourne Campus on 21 November 2017.


The competition is open to academic staff at Level A, B and C, who are active, proven researchers and are employed by the following Higher Education Institutions:

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

The research presented must be current; either currently being completed or published within the last two years.

Research students are not eligible to compete, however, if you are employed as an academic staff member at one of the above institutions and concurrently undertaking a PhD you are eligible as a staff member. It is also appropriate to present work conducted as a PhD student within the above time frame, if currently employed as an academic staff member.

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

Discipline groupings

The first place winner of each of the groupings in the institutional finals will proceed to the national finals. Second place getters will be named as reserves.

Group One: Sciences & health

  • Biological sciences and biotechnology
  • Health and medical sciences
  • Engineering, mathematics and informatics
  • Physics, chemistry and earth sciences

Group Two: Arts, humanities & social sciences

  • Humanities and creative arts
  • Education, social and behavioural sciences
  • Law
  • Business, commerce and economics


Professor Warren Payne presents 2nd place to Dr Stefan Schutt

Prize money of up to $3,000 is provided to the overall winner of the national competition, with smaller cash prizes to be awarded to the discipline winners of both the VU final and the national final.

How to enter

Registration for 2017 has now closed.

Check back in June 2018 for information about how to register for 2018.

VU 5RP contact

If you have any questions regarding the 5 Minute Research Pitch, please email

For more information about the competition, please see the 5RP guidelines.