Non-Traditional Research Output Award

Celebrating new ways of sharing ideas

The ALRA NTRO Award is intended to encourage, recognise and reward research innovation that does not conform to traditional academic outputs. Relevant outputs may include submissions and reports, artistic works (including videos, films, etc), blogpostsand other new medial engagement, and software. These categories are intended to be indicative and inclusive, and the form of the output should not be restricted to these. The objective of this prize is to recognise research excellence in the publication of NTROs which make an outstanding contribution to the legal field.

The recipient of the NTRO Award will receive a $1000 prize and an award certificate. The inaugural 2020 Awards will be awarded at the annual conference of the Australasian Law Academics Association (‘AALA’) to be held in Sydney 1‑4 July 2020.

Applications for the 2020 ALRA NTRO Award are due by close of business on Tuesday 17 March 2020, and should be sent (together will all requisite documentation) to applications@legalawardsaustralia.com.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the 2020 ALRA NTRO Award, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  1. The subject matter of the publicationmust be at least 66% within Field of Research code 18 (Law and Legal Studies) as assessed by the relevant institution in accordance with ARC guidelines.
  2. The applicant must be an academic staff member at a CALD member law school (or equivalent) where that staff member is employed at least 0.4 FTE at the time of the application (“employment requirement”).
  3. For co-authored works, at least 50% of all authors must be eligible in accordance with the employment requirement.
  4. The publication or output must satisfy the HERDC definition of research.
  5. The publication or output must be a non-traditional research output (“NTRO requirement”). This  may include submissions and reports, artistic works (including videos, films, etc), blogpost and other new medial engagement, and software. These categories are intended to be indicative and inclusive, and the form of the output should not be restricted to these.
  6. The publication or output must have a publication or release date in the 12 months preceding the application (for the 2020 Award, the article or chapter must have been published between 17 March 2019 and 17 March 2020).
  7. Each publication can be nominated only once.

The final determination of any eligibility shall be assessed by the relevant Award Panel for the given award.

Application and Nomination Process

The application the 2020 ALRA NTRO Award, must be accompanied by an application form:

  • confirming that the application complies with the above eligibility requirements;
  • summarising the work, and outlining its significance and contribution to the relevant legal discipline; and
  • outlining why this work represents an outstanding example of legal scholarship, such that it would be a worthy recipient of the NTRO Award.

All applications must be nominated by the relevant Associate Dean of Research in Law (or functional equivalent) (the ‘ADR’) at the institution where the applicant is employed. That nomination must include a statement of endorsement by the ADR as to why the publication represents an outstanding contribution to scholarship in the relevant field. No more than five applications can be nominated by any School.

All applications must include an electronic PDF version (or equivalent) of the output so as to enable the efficient review and assessment of the publication. Please contact applications@legalawardsaustralia.com.au to discuss options should the nature of the output be of such a character to make electronic distribution difficult.

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