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Australian Academy of Science Gottschalk Medal

Nomination closing date: 20 April 2017

The Gottschalk Medal recognises outstanding research in the medical sciences by scientists under 40 years at the closing date, except in the case of significant interruptions to a research career. The awardee may not be a Fellow of the Academy. The award is made annually and is restricted to candidates who are normally resident in Australia and for research conducted mainly in Australia. An honorarium of $1,000 is paid and in the case of a shared award it is divided.

For further information, see the Australian Academy of Science website.

Australian Academy of Science Ruth Stephens Gani Medal

Nomination closing date: 20 April 2017

The Ruth Stephens Gani Medal recognises distinguished research in human genetics, including clinical, molecular, population and epidemiological genetics and cytogenetics. The Medal will be awarded to researchers under 40 years at the closing date, except in the case of significant interruptions to a research career. The award is made annually and is restricted to candidates who are normally resident in Australia and for research conducted mainly in Australia.

For further information, see the Australian Academy of Science website.

Australian Diabetes Society Kellion Award

Nomination closing date: 28 April 2017

The Kellion Award recognises an Australian who has made an outstanding contribution in diabetes research, clinical or service areas in Australia. This is an annual award and commenced in the year 2000. Nominations may be self-initiated, initiated by colleagues or by organisations. The recipient of the Award will be required to deliver the ADS Kellion Plenary Lecture at the Australian Diabetes Society/Australian Diabetes Educators Association Annual Scientific Meeting. The Award will include a return business class airfare to the meeting, accommodation for the duration of the meeting, registration, and a commemorative plaque. There is also a $10,000 honorarium.

For further information, see the ADS website.

Australian Museum Eureka Prizes

Nomination closing date: 5 May 2017

Nominations are being accepted for the Eureka Prizes, which reward excellence in the fields of research and innovation, leadership, science engagement and school science. There are 16 awards in total, each sponsored by an Australian university, government organisation or industry partner. The work being recognised should have been recently carried out in Australia. Prizes are open to individuals and / or teams, with the team leader required to be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident (but other team members do not have to be Australian). Each award has an associated $10,000 prize. Awards include:

For further information, see the Australian Museum website.

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Australian Institute of Policy and Science CSL Young Florey Medal

Nomination closing date: 5 June 2017

The CSL Young Florey Medal is awarded to an Australian biomedical researcher for significant early career achievements in biomedical science and/or human health advancement for research conducted primarily in Australia. In addition to the bronze medal, the award currently carries a prize of $25,000 due to the generous support of CSL Limited. The Young Florey Award is open to Australian residents working in the field of biomedical science and/or human health advancement. Nominees must hold a PhD and be no more than 45 years of age as at the nomination closing date. Self-nominations are not eligible.

For further information, see the AIPS website.

Australian Institute of Policy and Science Young Tall Poppy Science Awards

Nomination closing date: 9 April 2017

Nominations are open for the Young Tall Poppy Science Awards, which recognise achievements of postdoctoral scientists up to the age of 35. Nominees must be Australian citizens/permanent residents or New Zealand citizens and have undertaken a substantial portion of their postdoctoral work in Australia, as well as being committed to carrying out research in Australia in 2018. Excellence in research achievement may be in areas such as engineering, mathematics, medical research and technology. Nominees should also be able to demonstrate excellence in communication and community engagement. Awardees will be expected to participate in outreach activities during 2018. A cash prize is attached to the award. Self nominations will not be accepted.

For further information, see the Australian Institute of Policy and Science website.

Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Awards

Nomination closing date: 31 October 2016

The ASBMB awards recognise excellence in Australian biochemistry and molecular biology research.

LabGear Discovery Science Award
The award is intended as a Travelling Lectureship to enable the awardee to present his/her work at a number of centres within Australia and New Zealand. The awardee will also present a Symposium talk at the next ASBMB Annual Scientific conference (usually ComBio), where he/she will receive complimentary registration. There is no age limit for this Award. The nominee must have been a member of the Society for at least 2 years prior to the year in which the Award application is first considered. The nominee should demonstrate involvement in research innovation, technology transfer, and communication. Proposers for Award nominees must also have been members of the Society for at least 2 years before the year in which the Award application is to be considered.

Lemberg Medal
The Lemberg Medal is awarded to a distinguished ASBMB member who will present the Lemberg Lecture at the ComBio meeting. An honorarium is provided by ASBMB. There is no age limit for the Lemberg Medallist. Proposers for Medallists must have been members of the Society for at least 2 years before the year in which the Medal application is to be considered. The nominee must have been a member of the Society for at least 5 years prior to the year in which the Medal nomination is first considered.

Merk Millipore Research Medal
The Medal is awarded to an outstanding Australian biochemist or molecular biologist with less than 15 years postdoctoral experience. The successful candidate will present the Merck Millipore Medal Lecture at the ComBio meeting. Nominees must have been members of the Society for at least 2 years before the year in which the Medal nomination is to be considered. An honorarium is provided through the courtesy of Merck Millipore.

Boomerang Award
The Boomerang Award is offered to an outstanding expatriate Australian biochemist or molecular biologist to provide an opportunity to return to Australia to present their work in a Symposium at the ComBio meeting and to give seminars at universities or research institutes in at least one other Australian city. The Award is intended to provide the awardee with exposure in Australia and to facilitate interactions with local researchers. The Award will include free registration at ComBio, and make significant contributions to travel and accommodation expenses. Applicants must have been a member of a recognised Australian scientific society for at least 2 years, and be no more than 7 years since the award of their PhD. The contribution to travel expenses is provided by ASBMB.

The Eppendorf Edman Award
The Award is aimed at a biochemist or molecular biologist with no more than 7 years postdoctoral experience, in recognition of their outstanding research work. The Award provides funds to assist the recipient to attend an overseas conference in a field associated with biochemistry or molecular biology or to visit briefly a research laboratory in Australia or elsewhere to access specialised equipment or to learn new research techniques. Applicants must have been members of the Society for at least 12 months before the year in which the Award application is to be considered. The contribution to travel expenses is provided by Eppendorf South Pacific.

The Bioplatforms Australia Award
The Award is aimed at a biochemist or molecular biologist with no more than 7 years postdoctoral experience working in the field of genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics or relevant bioinformatics. The award recognises outstanding research and the potential to carry out independent research. Preference is given to those setting up an independent laboratory for the first time. The Award provides $10,000 worth of access to the services provided by nodes of Bioplatforms Australia. Applicants must have been members of the Society for at least 12 months before the year in which the Award application is to be considered.

ASBMB Fellowships
Approximately four ASBMB Fellowships are awarded annually to biochemists or molecular biologists, each of whom is at least in the second year of PhD training and not more than 2 years subsequent to the award of the PhD degree, and normally resident in Australia, in recognition of their outstanding work in the field of biochemistry or molecular biology. Applicants must be members of the Society with at least 1 year of membership immediately prior to the application. The fellowships provide funds to assist each recipient to attend an overseas conference in a field associated with biochemistry or molecular biology or to visit briefly research laboratories in Australia or overseas to learn new research techniques. Each recipient will receive complimentary registration (Collins Bursary) for the Annual Conference of the Society, thus wherever possible, fellowship recipients shall attend the Annual Conference of the Society where their fellowship will be awarded. Each recipient shall provide the Editor with a report of the overseas conference attended or the work accomplished, for publication in the Australian Biochemist. Funding for the fellowships is provided by ASBMB. In each year one such ASBMB Fellowship, designated the Fred Collins Award, may be granted for exceptionally strong research work by an applicant.

Further information: http://www.asbmb.org.au/awards.html

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Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) Research Awards

Nomination closing date: TBA

The ASMR Research Awards support two postgraduate student members of the ASMR nearing completion of their studies or a recently graduated postdoctoral member to undertake a short period of research in a laboratory outside of Australia ($5,000) or in a distal laboratory ($2,000) within Australia. Applicants for these awards must have been members of the ASMR for at least 12 months immediately preceding the year in which the Award application is to be considered

Further information: http://www.asmr.org.au/Researchfund.html

Bethlehem Griffiths Research Foundation Medal

Nomination closing date: TBA

The BGRF Medal is an annual award made to an medical researcher or clinician working within Australia who has made an outstanding contribution in the area of progressive neurological disorders or palliative care, either in basic or clinical research activities. The nominee should have a sustained body of work over 10 to 15 years. The Medal includes a grant of $5,000, to be presented in mid-2013. Nominations must be made with the consent of the nominee and should contain a short CV and brief assessment by the nominator of the achievement that the nominee has made in their field of expertise

Further information: http://www.bethlehemgrf.com.au/newsitems.aspx?newsID=21

Bethlehem Griffiths Research Foundation Young Research of the Year Prize

Nomination closing date: TBA

The BGRF Young Researcher of the Year Prize recognises excellence in the fields of neuroscience or palliative care. Nominated researchers should be within five years of receiving a PhD and must be submitted by a relevant institution. The Prize includes a plaque and $5,000 award. Institutions may nominate up to two Victorian scientists by providing 3 copies of their CV, a page of their future directions and their NHMRC Fellowship application.

Further information: http://www.bethlehemgrf.com.au/newsitems.aspx?newsID=33

Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand RT Hall Prize

The RT Hall Prize is the most prestigious research award of CSANZ and recognises the achievements of senior and established investigators. The Prize is awarded in open competition and is directed towards recognition of sustained and outstanding research achievement.

The RT Hall Prize will be awarded to an individual investigator for a coherent body of work, which advances knowledge of the cardiovascular system and its diseases. In exceptional circumstances, the Prize may be awarded to a small group for an outstanding contribution in the field of cardiology. The work must have been published in a scientific journal or journals. Work published in book-form and thesis, which has been accepted for higher degrees, may also be submitted. The investigator must be a CSANZ member and the work must have been substantially undertaken in Australia or New Zealand.

Further information: http://www.csanz.edu.au/members/scholarships-and-fellowships/r-t-hall-prize/

David Syme Research Prize

Nomination closing date: 28 April 2017

Nominations are open for the David Syme Research Prize, which recognises an important contribution to biology, chemistry, geology or physics, with preference given to original research of value to the industrial and commercial development of Australia. The award is open to researchers associated with Australian institutions, who are below Professor level or equivalent and have spent a minimum of five full years out of the last seven years in Australia. The work being recognised should have been produced in Australia during the past two years (1 January 2015 - 31 December 2016); however, the nomination may include research results or publications accepted up to the award closing date of 28 April 2017 if the information is considered vital to the nomination. The prize consists of a bronze medallion and $7,500. Self nominations are not accepted.

For further information, see the University of Melbourne website.

Dr Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research

Application closing date: 28 February 2017

The Paul Janssen Award Selection Committee is seeking nominations from the scientific community for scientists worthy of the Paul Janssen Award. The award recognises scientists who have made a significant contribution to research that has impacted, or has the strong potential to impact, human health through the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of disease. The award is given for a single body of work and typically recognises an individual but it is possible to nominate a group of scientists where appropriate. A prize of $US200,000 and a citation may be awarded to either a clinical or basic scientist (or shared between a group of scientists) in academia, government, industry, a private research institution, medical or clinical practice.

Further information: http://www.pauljanssenaward.com/nominations1.html

FameLab Science Communication Prize

Application closing date: 24 February 2017

Fresh Science (Australia) in partnership with the British Council are calling for entrants for FameLab Australia, a national competition for early career researchers wanting to share their work with the media and the public. FameLab Australia will offer specialist science media training and, ultimately, the chance to pitch your research project at the FameLab International Grand Final. The competition is open to graduate students (MsSc or PhD) or early career researchers within five years of receiving their PhD or Masters (career disruptions will be considered), who are actively involved in evidence-based research, which could be from a broad range of disciplines including the biological sciences. The application involves completing an on-line form as well as submitting a low-tech three-minute video of yourself presenting some of your peer reviewed research. Applicants should be Australian citizens/permanent residents or non-citizens currently affiliated with an Australian institution. Scientists currently working as science communicators are not eligible to apply. Shortlisted applicants will be selected to present their work at the State Heats and finalists will be chosen to participate in the National FameLab event. The national winner will have the opportunity to compete with expenses paid in the FameLab International Grand Final,.

For further information see the British Council Australia website.

FASEB Excellence in Science Award

Application closing date: 1 March 2017

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) is calling for nominations for the FASEB Excellence in Science Award, which recognises outstanding achievement by women in biological science. Recipients are women whose career achievements have contributed significantly to further our understanding of a particular discipline by excellence in research. Nominees are typically women who are senior in their field and nationally known for their outstanding contributions in research, leadership, and mentorship. Nominees and nominators must be members of at least one of FASEB's 26 member societies. The award recipient will be expected to present an Excellence in Science Award Lecture in 2014 at the annual meeting of a FASEB member society. The recipient may choose the topic of her lecture and the meeting at which she will present the lecture. A presentation of the award will take place in conjunction with the lecture. In addition to a $US10,000 unrestricted research grant funded by (FASEB), the award covers the recipients travel to/from the meeting, hotel expenses, complimentary meeting registration, and a plaque in recognition of the award.

Further information: http://www.faseb.org/About-FASEB/Awards/Excellence-in-Science-Award/Nomination-Procedures.aspx 

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GlaxoSmithKline Australia Award for Research Excellence

Nomination closing date: TBA

The purpose of this award is to recognise a researcher with a demonstrated track record of significant work in human health, and for whom the award will facilitate career development and further achievements with potential importance to human health and Australian research.

Eligibility: The work will have been carried out mainly in Australia. The scientist will not be employed by a commercial organisation.

Value: $50,000 to further the scientist's work and knowledge and the GlaxoSmithKline Australia Award for Research Excellence Trophy.

Further information: http://www.gsk.com.au/research-development_awards-grants_gskaawardforresearchexcellence.aspx

Heart Foundation Research Medal for Lifetime Contribution to Cardiovascular Research

Nomination closing date: 30 January 2015

Nominations are now open for The Heart Foundation Research Medal for Lifetime Contribution to Cardiovascular Research. The Award, which consists of a medal as well as travel expenses to the award ceremony, recognises outstanding individual contribution to the fields of heart, stroke and blood vessel disease research in Australia over a sustained period (generally, at least 20 years). Recipients of the award exemplify research excellence and represent the best in their field with national and international recognition. Candidates for the prestigious award must: hold Australian citizenship; have received national recognition of their research; have published articles in peer-reviewed journals; and have a history of contributions to the Heart Foundation's goals and objectives and preferably had some involvement with the Heart Foundation of Australia within the last five years.

The Medal is presented every 2 years. Nominations will be considered for two consecutive nomination cycles; however, an updated CV for the second nomination cycle should be provided. A candidate may be nominated an unlimited number of times by different individuals in the same year. Up to two Heart Foundation Research Medals may be awarded in a nomination cycle and the recipient/s will be announced during Heart Week in May 2015.

For further information see the Heart Foundation website.

 

HFSP Nakasone Award

Nomination closing date: 28 April 2017

To honour scientists who have undertaken frontier-moving research in biology, encompassing conceptual, experimental or technological breakthroughs. Both senior and junior scientists are eligible and peer-recognised excellence is the major criterion for selection.  The discovery being recognised should be identifiable by a peer-reviewed publication. The award is not for lifetime achievement. The awardee(s) will receive an unrestricted research grant of USD 10,000, a medal and a personalised certificate. Nominations of scientists who have achieved a recent significant breakthrough at an early stage of their careers are especially encouraged. Self nominations will not be accepted.

Further information: http://www.hfsp.org/awardees/hfsp-nakasone-award

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Keio Medical Science Prize

Nomination closing date: 7 March 2017

Keio University invites nominations for the Keio Medical Science Prize, which recognises outstanding and creative achievements of researchers in the field of the medical and life sciences, in particular those contributing to scientific developments in Medicine. Nominees must be currently active in their field of research and be expected to make future contributions to their field. The prize, valued at 10 million yen, is an international award. Laureates will also receive a certificate of merit and medal at an award ceremony scheduled for November 2015 at Keio University, Japan.

Further information: http://www.ms-fund.keio.ac.jp/prize/

Lucian Award for Research into Circulatory Diseases

Nomination closing date: 24 March 2017

McGiIl University (Canada) is calling for nominations for the Louis and Artur Lucian Award for Research into Circulatory Diseases. The award, which consists of a $CDN60,000 prize money, is designed to honour outstanding research in the field of circulatory diseases. Preference will be given to a research contribution from the recent past and the work of the nominee should still be current. The successful recipient is invited to spend a minimum of a one- to two-week period of time at McGill University to give a formal Lucian Lecture, to have interchanges with members of the McGill community, and possibly to undertake a research collaboration with McGill investigators in the field of circulatory diseases. Nominations are not limited by geography or nationality and it is hoped that through the award, collaborative work in the field of circulatory diseases can be established between McGill and other research centres.

For further information, see the McGill University website.

National Academy of Sciences - 2015 Science Awards

Nomination closing date: TBA

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is calling for nominations its 2015 awards including the awards listed below. NAS membership is NOT required to nominate or to be nominated. Self nominations are not accepted. Joint nominations are discouraged and will only be considered when nominees have collaborated closely - usually in the same laboratory - on the work to be recognised by the award.

  • NAS Award for Scientific Discovery
    $100,000 awarded to recognize an accomplishment or discovery in basic research within the past five years. The fields of science for each presentation will rotate among chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, astronomy, physics, and materials science. The inaugural award presented in 2015 will be awarded for a recent discovery in chemistry, biochemistry, or biophysics.
  • NAS Award for Scientific Reviewing
    Awarded to recognise and pay tribute to authors who have performed significant service to science and their fellow scientists in writing scientific reviews that have influenced the course of scientific thinking. The 2015 award will be presented in the field of biochemistry. The recipient will receive $10,000.
  • National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare Medal
    Presented by the Council of the Academy in recognition of distinguished contributions in the application of science to the public welfare.
  • Pradel Research Award
    The Pradel Research Award is presented annually to recognise mid-career neuroscientists whose work is making major contributions to our understanding of the nervous system. The recipient is presented with a $50,000 research award to an institution of their choice to support neuroscience research.

For further information see the National Academy of Sciences website.

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National Foundation for Medical Research and Innovation - John Dixon Hughes OAM Medal for Medical Research Innovation

Nomination closing date: TBA

The National Foundation for Medical Research and Innovation (NFMRI) is calling for nominations for the Dr John Dixon Hughes OAM Medal for Medical Research Innovation. The award is offered every two years to a researcher under the age of 45 for outstanding contribution towards the development and advancement of a biomedical innovation related to the nature, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and incidence of disease and other health problems that have a significant impact on the health of humans. The winner will receive a medal and a $50,000 grant to be used to support their research activities. The medal will be awarded to the researcher judged to be responsible for the best biomedical innovation and development paper published, patent taken out, or commercial-in-confidence report in the previous two calendar years. Innovations will include Australian research and discoveries into new medicines, vaccines, biologicals, devices, tools or diagnostics.

Interested applicants should contact Leonie Cullen.

For further information see the NFMRI webpage.

VESKI Premier's Award for Health and Research

Internal closing date: 17 January 2017
Nomination closing date:
25 January 2017

The Premier's Award for Medical Research is awarded annually to an outstanding Victorian postgraduate medical research scholar. The award recognises the contribution made by early-stage researchers and is an initiative of the Victorian Government and the Australian Society for Medical Research.

Eligibility: Applications are encouraged from PhD students or recently completed postgraduates whose research has or is being undertaken in a Victorian research institution in any field of medical research, including public health, health services, basic, applied or clinical research and health-related technology research.

Value: The Award includes a trophy, certificate and $16,000 for the winner. Three additional prizes, worth $8,000 each, are presented to applicants who are highly commended by the judging panel.

Further information: http://www.veski.org.au/pahmr

Prime Minister's Prizes for Science

Stage 1 nomination closing date: 12 April 2017

Nominations are being accepted for The Prime Minister's Prizes for Science, which are Australia's most prestigious and highly regarded awards for outstanding achievements in scientific research, research-based innovation and excellence in science teaching. Nominees must be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia. Self -nominations are not accepted. Prizes include:

  • Prime Minister's Prize for Science
    For significant advancement of knowledge through science for an individual or team of up to four. Prize valued at $250,000.
  • Prime Minister's Prize for Innovation
    For the innovative translation of scientific knowledge into a commercially available product, service or process that has had substantial economic, social and where relevant, environmental benefits. Prize valued at $250,000.
  • Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year
    Recognises an exceptional achievement in science that benefits, or has the potential to benefit, human welfare or society. For an individual who has realised a research achievement within 10 years (FTE) of completing their highest relevant tertiary qualification. Prize valued at $50,000.
  • Prize for New Innovators
    Recognises an exceptional early achievement in the commercialisation of scientific research that has had substantial economic, social and where relevant environmental benefits. For an individual who has commercialised their research outcomes within 10 years (FTE) of completing their highest relevant tertiary qualification. Prize valued at $50,000.

For further information, see the Prime Minister's Prize for Science webpage.

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Ramaciotti Foundation 2017 Medal for Excellence in Biomedical Research

Contact Courtney Henry by 23 May 2017 to apply.

Nominations are being sought for the 2017 Ramaciotti Medal for Excellence in Biomedical Research. The nominees must have conducted the greater part of their work leading to the discovery (or discoveries) within Australia and should still be actively engaged in this work. Nominations must come from professionals within the medical and scientific research community (self-nominations will not be considered).

For further information, see the Ramaciotti Foundation website.

The Royal Society of Victoria Young Scientist Research Awards

Nomination closing date: 31 May 2017

Four prestigious competitive prizes open to post-graduate, doctoral students in all areas of the Biomedical and Health Sciences, Biological Sciences (Non-human), Earth Sciences and Physical Sciences will be awarded to recognise excellence in scientific research and ability to communicate scientific information clearly and succinctly to both scientists and the general public. Applicants should be members of the Royal Society under the age of 40, who are in the fourth year of their doctoral candidature in Universities in the State of Victoria. Candidates should not yet have submitted their thesis. The prizes consist of a certificate and $1000 in prize money. Shortlisted candidates will be required to give an oral presentation on 17 August 2017. Candidates should self nominate for the prize.

For further information, see the Royal Society website.

Victorian State Government (VESKI) - Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation

Internal closing date: 15 June 2017 (Research Office should be notified ASAP of intention to apply)
External closing date: 22 June 2017

A prestigious prize valued at $50,000 for a scientific discovery or technological innovation, or a series of such achievements that significantly advances knowledge. The clear potential to produce a commercial outcome or other substantial benefit to the community will be highly regarded. There will be one prize awarded for Life Sciences and one for Physical Sciences with the field of endeavour being in research (pure or applied) or development (for example, implementation of research outcomes in an industrial setting). Self-nominations are not acceptable and nominees must be Australian citizens or permanent residents, who have been resident in Victoria for at least 3 years prior to the closing date and have performed a major part of the nominated work in Victoria.

For further information, see the VESKI website.

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