CRC Association Early Career Research Competition

In the lead-up to its Collaborate Innovate conference (now rescheduled from 9-11 August to 18-20 October 2021), the Cooperative Research Centres Association (CRCA) encourages eligible academics to enter its annual Early Career Researchers’ Competition, which celebrates collaborative research.

The Competition, supported by Central Queensland University (CQU), challenges early-career researchers to hone their communication skills, be reviewed by their peers, and gain skills in the course of presenting their research findings to a broad audience.

Three researchers will each receive a free trip to Canberra, full conference registration, the opportunity to showcase their theses at the event and the chance win $5,000 in prize money. 

How to enter

Tell the CRCA about your project in a video of less than one minute in duration.

If you are chosen as a finalist, you’ll be asked to create a five-minute thesis presentation that explains your research clearly and outlines how it can be applied in a real world setting. The presentation should be suitable for a non-specialist audience.

What you could win

The researchers delivering the three best entries will receive:

  • a trip to Canberra for the conference, now scheduled for 18-20 October 2021, including airfares, transfers, conference registration and all associated social events, that is, the CRC Association’s Gala Dinner and Innovation Awards (value $3,000);
  • the opportunity to give a five-minute thesis presentation on your work at Collaborate Innovate 2021; and
  • the chance to win $5,000.

Enter the competition

Before completing the online application form, you will need to record your video presentation and upload it to YouTube.

Creating a YouTube account is simple and free of charge. Visit the YouTube site; click on ‘Sign in’ at the top right-hand corner of the page; then click on ‘Create an account’ and complete the details as requested. Once signed in to YouTube Studio, use the Upload link to load your video. Ensure the privacy setting is set to ‘Public’ or ‘Unlisted’ (if the latter, only people with a direct link to the video can view it).

Then enter the corresponding link into the application form.

Fill in the application form.

Note that the deadline for submissions has now been extended to COB, Tuesday 31 August 2021.