Award 2016 Procedure

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EAPRIL Best Research & Practice Project Award 2016 (DEADLINE JUNE 6 MIDNIGHT CET)

We are proud to present you the 5th EAPRIL Best Research & Practice Project Award, which will be awarded at our 2016 Conference (November 22 till 25).

The EAPRIL Best Research and Practice Project Award recognises the best project by practitioner researchers in the field of education, learning and instruction, and training and development. If you are managing or taking part in a research project of which you think it will contribute to educational practice and the EAPRIL community, we encourage you to submit your project. Please fill out the application form and send it back to the EAPRIL Office ( by June 6, 2016.

The awarding committee, which exists of an external jury of experts that are active in various fields and different institutions, will evaluate the applications on the basis of the following criteria.

  • How is the project responding to a real need in the field?
  • How did researchers and practitioners contribute to the project? What type of collaboration or network did you establish? How well did it work?
  • Describe the main focus of the research part and research questions
  • What is the impact of the project in the field?
  • What is the collective development of researchers and practitioners involved in this project?
  • What kind of products did the project have as output, e.g. publications, tools, websites, presentations, … (i.e. degree of dissemination)
  • What is the sustainability of the project, or these products?
  • What are the three most important lessons learned/conclusions during the course of the project?

Please find here a more detailed overview of the criteria, their weight and the general scoring procedure.

The awarding committee will make a selection of best projects ahead of the conference and will inform all candidates by August 25. These shortlisted projects will be invited to present their project at the 2016 Conference by means of a presentation during the plenary Best Research & Practice Project Award sessions. Moreover, the participants are asked to prepare a poster to present their project ahead of the conference, which will be published online before the start of the conference. Finally, a short elevator pitch presentation at the opening session is encouraged. As a result, the shortlisted project will be given as much exposure as possible.

The committee will rate all applications, 75% based on the general project/application, and 25% based on the presentations at the conference.

This awarding procedure will take place during the closing session of the conference. The applicant of the winning project will be awarded with the EAPRIL Best Research & Practice Project Award, a certificate, a MAXQDA software license, a one year free membership and a free conference ticket for the next EAPRIL conference. Registration and participation at the full conference of at least one representative of the applying project is required in order to compete for this Award.

The application deadline for this Award is June 6, 2016. The EAPRIL office will contact you by mid July 2016 to inform you whether your project has been shortlisted.

Take this chance and benefit from the exposure and plenty of dissemination opportunities that the Award will bring. Are you still doubting whether you would apply or not? Check out our interview with the winner of 2015, Kim Schildkamp and her team. Perhaps their experiences can convince you to submit your project.

We wish you and your team the best of luck and hope to receive your submission!