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.

Professor Warren Payne presents 2nd place to Dr Stefan Schutt

Past competitions

The 5RP is a re-branded version of the previously run Australian Competitive Research Symposium (ACRS) that VU has participated in for the past three years.

In 2015, VU competed alongside Australian Catholic University, Edith Cowan University, Federation University and Southern Cross University in an expanded version of the competition.

Victoria University hosted the 2014 National Final of the Five Minute Research Pitch (5RP) Competition.

Four researchers represented VU among a competitive field of 19 academics from Australian Catholic University, Edith Cowan University, Federation University and Southern Cross University at the National Final on November 6.


  • The winner was Dr Michael Theophilos from Australian Catholic University.
  • People's Choice Award went to Dr Daniel Bucher from Southern Cross University.
  • VU College of Health & Biomedicine researcher Dr Jeremy Drake took second place in the Science and Health category, behind ACU's Simeon Dale. Dr Drake presented his research into new treatments for breast cancer.
  • VU College of Arts researcher Dr Stefan Schutt took second place in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences category, behind ACU's Dr Michael Theophilos. He presented a community research project involving the use of new technologies to capture and share vintage signs.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Research Research Training Professor Warren Payne said the event was an excellent opportunity for academics to further develop their communication and presentation skills.

"The quality of the presentations were outstanding and it was a tough field," Professor Payne said. "Congratulations also to Dr Gaya Rajaraman and Dr Roger Bodman for their excellent presentations on behalf of VU."


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
  • 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.


Prize money of up to $7,000 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 heat and the national final.

VU contact

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

Researcher Development
Portfolio of Research & Research Training