The Royal Society of Victoria Medal for Excellence in Scientific Research

Funding, Prizes and Awards – 31 May 2022

The Royal Society of Victoria Medal for Excellence in Scientific Research

Nominations close at 5:00pm on Sunday 31 July 2022

In its Centenary year (1959) the Royal Society of Victoria instituted a Medal for Excellence in Scientific Research.

The Award consists of a Silver Medal, which is awarded annually for scientific research in one of four categories that rotate from year to year. The Medal is awarded by our patron, the Governor of Victoria, or a senior Government representative in the event of Her Excellency’s unavailability.

Nominations are invited in Category II: Biomedical & Health Sciences.

This category includes research in the disciplines of Genetics, Immunology, Human Physiology, Human Anatomy, Pathology, Neurology, Epidemiology, Endocrinology, Radiology, Microbiology, Medical Parasitology, Nuclear Medicine, and related human sciences.

Candidates must be nominated by a colleague or colleagues.

Further information is available here.

2022 EMBL Australia Travel Grants – Applications Now Open

Funding, Prizes and Awards – 31 May 2022

2022 EMBL Australia Travel Grants – Applications Now Open

Applications Close on Thursday 30 June 2022

EMBL Australia is pleased to announce the recommencing of their short-term travel grants.

They are accepting travel grant applications until 30 June 2022.

Applicants will be reviewed, and successful applicants will be notified and approved for a travel period of 15 August to 31 December 2022.

Grant Value: You can apply for financial support of up to $2,000 for a short visit of up to six weeks.

Each year they sponsor up to 15 of the best PhD students in Australia to train overseas at the prestigious EMBL through their travel grants.

With an EMBL Australia travel grant, you could take a short course, attend a conference or work collaboratively alongside some of the world’s best researchers at EMBL’s six facilities: EMBL Heidelberg (Germany), EMBL Hamburg (Germany), EMBL Grenoble (France), EMBL-EBI Hinxton (UK), EMBL Rome (Italy) or EMBL Barcelona (Spain).

Who can apply?

  • Any student enrolled in a PhD through an Australian university who:
    • Has completed their confirmation of candidature or is permitted to travel by their university
    • Has not exceeded their maximum duration of candidature
    • Is not on leave of absence from their candidature.

What activities are eligible?

  • Applicants must:
    • Attend conferences, symposia or one of the many short courses operated by the EMBL at the EMBL International Centre for Advanced Training (EICAT) in Heidelberg, Germany, or any EMBL location; and/or
    • Undertake training in the laboratories of one of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory’s six outstations located in Heidelberg (GER), Grenoble (FR), Hamburg (GER), Hinxton (Cambridge; UK), Rome (IT) and Barcelona (SP).

It is permissible to visit other institutions or attend other conferences either before or after attendance at EMBL.

It should be noted that tax-exempt payments cannot be made to part-time students.

What disciplines can PhD students come from?

  • Students studying in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, informatics, engineering and molecular medicine are invited to apply.

How do I apply for a travel grant?

  • Students must complete this form and ensure a short letter of support is sent by their supervisor to by the relevant deadline.

Visit for more information on how to apply.


2022 Michelson Prizes: Next Generation Grants – Applications Now Open

Funding, Prizes and Awards – 31 May 2022

2022 Michelson Prizes: Next Generation Grants – Applications Now Open

Applications Close on Sunday 26 June 2022

The Michelson Prizes: Next Generation Grants are annual awards of $150,000which support young investigators who are working to significantly advance human immunology and vaccine and immunotherapy research for major global diseases.

The Prizes are funded by the Michelson Medical Research Foundation and overseen by the Human Vaccines Project —  applications are being accepted until 26 June 2022.

About the Prizes: The Awards committee will be looking for research aimed at tackling the current roadblocks that exist in human vaccine development and expanding our limited understanding of key immune processes that are fundamental to successful vaccine and immunotherapy development.

Eligibility: Researchers / scientists who are 35 and under.

Disciplines: Applicants from the full spectrum of immunology-related disciplines, including clinical research, biochemistry, molecular biology, protein engineering, computer science, artificial intelligence/machine learning, biophysics, environmental health, nanotechnology, etc., are encouraged to apply.

Additional information can be found on the website including FAQs and Eligibility Criteria and also on Research Professional.

National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) Investigator Initiated Research Scheme 2023 (IIRS) – Now Open

Funding, Prizes and Awards – 24 May 2022

National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) Investigator Initiated Research Scheme 2023 (IIRS) – Now Open

Applications close at 5pm AEST on Monday 30 May 2022

The application guidelines, appendix, consumer guidelines, peer review committee guidelines and funding agreement are now available on the NBCF website.

You can preview and download the IIRS 2023 application form here.

Please note that for this IIRS 2023 round there are several changes to the application process which include:

  • Applicants are required to submit their grant proposal as a separate PDF. 
  • New salary cap for postdoctoral fellows that are part of additional research personnel:
    • A salary cap of $100,000 per annum at 1.0 FTE (inclusive of superannuation) is being introduced for postdocs who are part of research personnel (who are not involved as a PI or Co-I in the investigator team). The maximum salary for postdoc who are involved in the investigator team (as detailed in Table 1) remains unchanged from previous years. For more details, please refer to section 3.2 of
      the Application Guidelines.
  • PhD Stipends will now be supported in the IIRS 2023 round. For more details refer to 3.2.1 of the Application Guidelines.
  • Consumer certification of application prior to submission:
    • For named consumers who are actively engaged with the project, NBCF requires that they sign/certify the application or provide written agreement (e.g. via email) that they agree to be named as a consumer in the application, prior to submission. For more details, please refer to section 5.5 and section 8.1.2 of the Application Guidelines.

Should you have any queries in relation to the scheme, please direct them to the MRO Applications team (

MRFF REDI Fellowship Program – Applications Now Open

Funding, Prizes and Awards – 24 May 2022

MRFF REDI Fellowship Program – Applications Now Open

Applications close on Wednesday 27 July 2022

The REDI Fellowship Program will foster greater collaboration between research and industry through Fellows spending time embedded in industry (Sponsor of any size). The aim is for expansion of a Fellow’s skill sets and to bring these back to their place of ongoing employment, embedding high-level commercial and entrepreneurial experience in the research sector.

Key outcomes:
The focus is to ensure that the Fellow has access to a solid network within the Sponsor to learn from and share experiences with. The REDI Fellowship Program is intended to accelerate relationships, drive projects towards commercial outcomes and provide industry relevant skills to the Fellow.

Duration (3 options available):
• 12 months full time
• 6 months – 12 months full time
• 6 months -12 months where the Fellow spends 50% of time working with the Sponsor.
Fellowships can start anytime from 15 November 2022 and must be completed by December 2023.

Funding: up to a total of AUD$250,000 per Fellow, per annum

Application Process: online application portal SmartyGrants

Please contact the MRFF team at for more information.

2022 Research Australia Awards – Nominations Now Open

Funding, Prizes and Awards – 24 May 2022

2022 Research Australia Awards – Nominations Now Open

Nominations must be received by COB on Friday 15 July 2022

Do you know someone who …

  • is making an impact early in their research career?
  • constantly advocates for health and medical research?
  • is a philanthropic hero?
  • has been an exceptional leader and pioneer for many years?

Then vote for them today: nominations are now open for the 2022 Research Australia Awards!!

These prestigious Awards, now in their 19th year, recognise and celebrate leaders who have made significant contributions to health and medical research in Australia. Awards are presented across the categories of discovery, advocacy, philanthropy, health services and lifetime achievement.

In 2022 the following Awards will be presented:

  • Discovery Award
  • GSK Research Award
  • Advocacy Award
  • Philanthropy Award
  • Data Innovation Award
  • Health Services Award
  • ANU Frontiers Award
  • The Peter Wills Medal

As the national peak body for health and medical research, Research Australia’s Awards are highly regarded and coveted in the health and medical research sector Past Award winners include: Professor Brendan Murphy, Secretary of the Department of Health, The Hon Bob Carr, Lady Mary Fairfax AC OBE, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AC DBE, Laureate Professor and 2018 Scientist of the Year, Nicholas Talley AC, Sir Frank Lowy AC, Connie Johnson OAM & Samuel Johnson OAM and Andrew Forrest AO and Dr Nicola Forrest AO. Prominent politicians, both Federal and State, are invited to attend each year to speak and present the Awards.

This event allows student, early to mid-career researchers and the sector’s more prominent influencers to share an experience which not only celebrates current innovation but encourages future growth in research, funding and corporate leadership.

Download the Nomination Form here. This document includes details about each Award, the nomination process and how to nominate.

Further information is available on the website.