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

The Australian Society for Medical Research invites applications for “The ASMR Research Awards”.  Each award ($5000 international or $2000 domestic) will support a postgraduate student member of the Society 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 their home city.

The award specifically excludes support for conference attendance and travel for an extended period of postdoctoral studies.



  • Applicants must have been members of the ASMR for at least 12 months prior to the application closing date.
  • Applicants must have been awarded their highest degree no more than 3 years prior to the application closing date (career disruptions will be considered).
  • The Award must be taken up during the first 6 months of the following year.

Conditions: Recipients of the Award will be announced at the National Scientific Conference of the Society. A condition of receipt of the Award is that the recipients will be available to report on their trip at the National Scientific Conference of the Society in the year that the Award is taken up. Further, the recipients will provide an article about their research for inclusion in the November issue of the newsletter of the Society in the year that the Award is taken up. Any publications resulting from work supported by the Award should acknowledge the financial contribution of “The ASMR Research Award”.


Previous Research Award Winners


ASMR Peter Doherty Leading Light Award

Named in recognition of Nobel Laureate, Professor Peter Doherty, whose scientific achievements and commitment to science advocacy continues to inspire the research community, this award celebrates the achievements of  mid-career researchers (5 – 12 year post-doctoral) in Australia.  The award will recognise a single piece of work undertaken by a mid-career researcher within the past 5 years (i.e., after September 23rd, 2017).

Applications are open to current ASMR members who are 5-12 years post-PhD (career interruptions considered) and are encouraged from all areas of health and medical research (including but not limited to clinical, basic, public health, etc.). Verifiable outputs may include publications, policy, guidelines, reports, etc.

The winner will be required to give a  presentation at the ASMR National Scientific Conference in November 2022.

Application deadline is 4pm, Friday September 23rd 2022