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.

Application deadline extended to October 14th 2019.



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 28th, 2014).,

Applications are open to researchers from all fields of health and medical research and can include, but is not limited to, clinical, public health or biomedical research.

Applicants must be between 5 and 12 years post-PhD (with career interruptions taken into account), and must be an ASMR member at the time of submission.

The decision of the judging panel is final and the winner will be notified no later than Friday the 18th of October 2019

The winner will present a 10 minute seminar covering translation and impact of the research at the ASMR National Scientific Conference held in Fremantle, 20-21  November 2019 and must be available to attend to be eligible for the award.

Deadline for applications is COB Friday 27th September, 2019