Research Awards

Donate to the ASMR Research Fund – help build strength in Australia’s Health and Medical Research Sector

The Australian Society for Medical Research is the peak body representing and supporting Australian Health and Medical Researchers. Supporting and encouraging early career researchers is an essential element in building and maintaining the Health and Medical Research sector in Australia. In order to facilitate and promote learning and collaboration in early career researchers, the ASMR offers two Research Awards each year, enabling early career researchers to travel to another laboratory either within Australia (Domestic Research Award) or overseas (International Research Award) to learn new techniques and establish research collaborations.

These ASMR Research Awards are made possible by the generosity of ASMR members who make donations to the ASMR Research Fund. The ASMR Research Fund was established by ASMR in 1990 with the sole purpose of providing research awards to ASMR members, in particular early career members. Without the continued generosity of ASMR members, the ASMR would not be able to continue to build strength and expertise in Australian Health and Medical Researchers, via its support of early career researchers with the ASMR Research Awards.

If you would like to make a contribution to the ASMR Research Fund, and support the development of Australian Health and Medical Researchers, please click below. (note all donations to the ASMR Research Fund are tax deductible).


ASMR Research Awards

ASMR offers two Research Awards annually. These awards support a postgraduate student member of the ASMR nearing completion of their studies or a recently graduated (3 years maximum) 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. The award specifically excludes support for conference attendance and travel for an extended period of postdoctoral studies. 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.

Applications close 29th September, 2017


Previous Research Award Winners


ASMR Peter Doherty Leading Light Award

The ASMR invites mid-career researcher members (who have maintained ASMR Membership for at least 12 months prior to applying) to apply for the inaugural ASMR Peter Doherty Leading Light Award. This award seeks to recognise the outstanding work of mid-career researchers (5 – 12 year post-doctoral) in Australia. Assessment is based on the impact of a single outstanding publication within the past 5 years. Applications are open to researchers from all fields of health and medical research.

The award is named in recognition of Nobel Laureate Professor Doherty’s career achievements, scientific accomplishments, and ongoing support and mentoring of Australia’s next generation of researchers. Professor Doherty was the inaugural 1998 ASMR Medallist and continues to inspire the research community through his science advocacy.

Self-nominations and institute-led nominations are welcome. Each application will include a publication (applicant must be first or last author) accompanied by a 300 word statement of research impact, and a 2 page curriculum vitae. The winner will present a 10 minute seminar at the ASMR National Scientific Conference in November 2017 and receive a cash prize.

The inaugural Award Winner is Dr Tracy Putoczki, presented with the Award at the ASMR National Scientific Conference.

Nominations for the 2018 Award will open in August 2018