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The Five Minute Research Pitch (5RP) is an opportunity for researchers to showcase their research to a National audience and to be in the running to win a total of $5,500* towards their research. Researchers will be required to deliver a punchy five 5RP - 60329 - 01minute presentation of their recent research with the aid of three PowerPoint slides. The competition is similar to the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) run nationally for PhD students.

For detailed information: 2017 Five Minute Research Pitch Guidelines

2017 Schedule

ACU Heats: 23 – 26 October :

Melbourne: Mon 23 October: Starts 10:00 in 460.7.03
Joel Anderson, Lei Chen, Nolan Hoffman & Bianca Share
Strathfield: Tues 24 October: Starts 9:30 in 640.1.16
North Sydney (1): Wed 25 October: Starts 11:00 in 532.11.39
Simone Dorsch
Brisbane: Thurs 26 October: Starts 10:00 in 212.2.19
Richard Colledge, Duncan Cook, Kieran Flanagan
North Sydney (2): 26 October: Starts 2:00 in 532.11.39-40
Leela Cejnar


The ACU heats were judged on Monday 6 November by a panel chaired by the Pro Vice-Chancellor Research, Prof James McLaren. All presentations were of a very high standard which made for a difficult decision when choosing first and second place in each discipline group:

Discipline Group 1 (Sciences and Health)

Winner: Dr Simone Dorsch, School of Physiotherapy. Pitch Title: Stronger after stroke

Second Place: Dr Kieran Flanagan, School of Allied Health. Pitch Title: Little Voices Matter: Prelinguistic skills in very preterm infants

Discipline Group 2 (Arts, Humanities and Social Science)

Winner: Dr Taren Sanders, Institute of Positive Psychology and Education. Pitch Title: Square eyes or all lies? Understanding children’s exposure to screens

Second Place: Dr Ryan Hulteen, Institute of Positive and Education. Pitch Title: Proficiency Deficiency: The Problem with Adolescents Today

Our winners have been awarded a $1000 research account and pitched their research at the 5RP National Final. Those in second place have been awarded a $500 research account.

National Finals:

Tuesday 21 November, Melbourne campus of Central Queensland University.

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*Prizes will not be available as cash, but deposited into an ACU research account.

  • Eligibility

    The 5 Minute Research Pitch is open to active proven researchers (at Level A, B and C) who are employed by the following Australian Higher Education Institutions:

    • Australian Catholic University
    • Central Queensland University
    • Charles Sturt University
    • Edith Cowan University
    • Federation University
    • Southern Cross University (2016 Finals Host)
    • University of Southern Queensland
    • Victoria University

    The research presented must be current; either in the process of being completed or published in 2016 or 2017.

    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.

    For further information: 2017 Five Minute Research Pitch Guidelines

  • Competition/Rules

    Presentations are limited to five minutes. Any presenter exceeding five minutes will be disqualified.  Three PowerPoint slides are permitted. These may include photos, diagrams or other graphic material to extrapolate the research. Non-static media (videos, sound-clips) are permitted to a maximum of 30 seconds but must be a part of a slide (not in addition to) and will be included in the five minute presentation time.

    The judging panel’s recommendations are final and negotiations will not be entered in to once the winners are announced.

    For further information: 2017 Five Minute Research Pitch Guidelines

  • Internal Heat and Nomination Process

    To participate in the National finals it is a requirement that each university first runs internal heats and an institutional final. The winner from each of the discipline groupings listed below from each institution will then participate in the national finals, to be held on the Melbourne campus of Central Queensland University on Tuesday 21 November 2017.

    The winner of the individual groupings (see below) from each institution (as judged at the institution’s finals) will receive $1,000 from their own university, to be credited to their university research account.

    Flights, accommodation and ground transport costs etc., for the two finalists to attend the National Finals will also be covered by the University.

  • Discipline Groupings

    The first place winner of each of the groupings in the institutional finals will proceed to the national finals. The groupings are as follows:

    Group One – Science & 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.
  • Judging Panel

    Internal heats

    Each institution will be responsible for forming the judging panel for their internal heats. Judges should include an expert from each of the above groupings and have a minimum of 3 judges.

    National final

    Each institution will nominate one of their internal judges to sit on the judging panel at the national finals. Australian Catholic University will select from the nominations and will construct a panel accordingly.

  • Judging Criteria

    Participants will be judged on:

    • Description and importance of research problem
    • Description of the research process
    • The ability to communicate research to a non-specialist audience
    • Clear overall conclusion and final summary
    • Creativity of presentation and engagement with the audience.

    For more details: 2017 Five Minute Research Pitch Guidelines

  • The National Finals

    The National finals will be held at the Melbourne campus of Central Queensland University on Tuesday 21 November 2017.

    Details and written proposals of all institutional finalists will be forwarded to the host institution prior to the final event.

    Each discipline grouping will be awarded a first, second and third place winner based on the judging panel’s choice. One overall winner will be selected from the winners of the two discipline groupings. The total prize money received by the overall winner at the national final will be $4,500 ($1,500 discipline prize money plus overall winner prize of $3,000). Discipline Winner: $1,500, Second place: $750, Third place: $500 and Overall winner: $3,000.

    The prizes are awarded for research purposes. Prizes will be paid by the place-getter’s own institution and will be awarded to the winners’ research account – the prizes will not be available as a cash prize.

  • Registration and ACU contact

    Please register your expression of Interest (EOI) via the 5RP Registration form by Monday 9 October:

    Subject Line: 5RP EOI
    Email your EOI form to

    Direct any questions to the ACU 5RP contact:

    Dr Andrew Schrader
    Senior Manager, Research Assessment
    ACU Research, Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research
    Australian Catholic University
    (02) 9739 2218