Opportunities for scientists—April 2020

April 30, 2020

Academy awards and funding opportunities

Honorific awards, research conferences, research awards and travelling fellowships

Nominations are open for the Academy’s 2021 honorific awards, and applications open for research conferences, research awards and travelling fellowships.

The Academy is committed to celebrating and supporting diversity. It is seeking nominations of outstanding scientists from all career stages, backgrounds and genders, and strongly encourages more nominations of women for all awards, in particular the career and mid-career honorific awards.

Two new career awards are the Ruby Payne-Scott Medal and Lecture and the Suzanne Cory Medal.

The closing date for honorific award nominations has been extended to 25 May 2020. The closing date to apply for research conferences, research awards and travelling fellowships is 1 June 2020.

More information on Academy awards and funding opportunties

Deadline extended for APEC 2020 ASPIRE Prize applications

The application deadline for the APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE Prize) for 2020 has been extended to 11:59 pm (AEST) Friday 15 May 2020. The ASPIRE Prize is an annual award which recognises young scientists under 40 years of age from APEC economies who have demonstrated a commitment to both excellence in scientific research, as evidenced by scholarly publication, and cooperation with scientists from other APEC member economies. The theme chosen for this year is Biodiversity for a Prosperous Economy. Biodiversity is foundational for human health as it underpins the functioning of our ecosystems and its study crosses many scientific disciplines. This theme focuses on scientists’ contributions to biodiversity for prosperous economies across the APEC region by driving research that contributes to local livelihoods, traditional and modern medicines, and economic development.

External awards

Georgina Sweet Awards for Women in Quantitative Biomedical Science

Four awards of $25,000 each will be made to Australian female researchers who demonstrate excellence in the area of quantitative biomedical science. Diversity is an essential part of the award mission, so applications are welcome from women of culturally diverse backgrounds.

An additional two awards of $25,000 each will be made for Excellence in Inclusivity, recognising women in biomedical science who have a strong track record in research and who have demonstrated the importance of inclusion and diversity.

Applications for the above awards are open 1–31 May 2020.

Up to three awards of $3000 are available each year to support attendance of a female keynote speaker at an Australian quantitative biomedical science conference. Applications are open at any time until conference awards have been allocated for the year.

More information on the Georgina Sweet Awards for Women in Quantitative Biomedical Science

John Maddox Prize 2020

Awarded to researchers who have shown great courage and integrity in standing up for science and scientific reasoning against fierce opposition and hostility. Each year there is one winner, and an additional prize for an early career researcher—£3000.

More information about the John Maddox Prize 2020

Applications close 11 May 2020

Premi Ramon Margalef d'Ecologia

Awarded to either individuals or to legal persons or groups that have made significant contributions to the development of the ecological sciences.             

More information on the Premi Ramon Margalef d'Ecologia

Applications close 15 May 2020

Resilient Australia Award

Recognises and promotes initiatives that strengthen community disaster resilience.

More information on the Resilient Australia Award

Applications close 18 May 2020

Science Excellence Awards South Australia

Awarded to high achievers in research, industry and education in South Australia. The South Australian Scientist of the Year and the South Australian Innovator of the year will receive $25,000 prize money and winners of all other categories will receive $10,000

More information on the Science Excellence Awards South Australia

Applications close 22 May 2020

Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science

The theme for 2021 is ‘Decision-making’. Awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions to the scientific understanding of decision-making—US$250,000.

More information on the Bower Award and Prize for achievement in Science

Applications close 31 May 2020

Prince Mahidol Award

Awarded to individual(s) or institutions(s) for their outstanding performance and/or research in medicine that contributes directly to the betterment of society. There will be one award in medicine and one in public health—US$100,000

More information on the Prince Mahidol Award

Applications close 31 May 2020


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