The Research Excellence Award winners celebrated here were the top-ranked applicants in each of NHMRC's funding schemes in 2017.

Top ranked applicants

Award

Recipient

Institution

Rising Star Award

The award is given to the top-ranked application by an Indigenous researcher in the Early Career Fellowship scheme.
Doctor Lisa Whop Menzies School of Health Research

Gustav Nossal Award

The award is named in honour of Sir Gustav Nossal and his pioneering work in the field of immunology. It is awarded to the highest ranked applicant for an NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship in the field of medical and dental research.

Doctor Amanda Gwee

Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Frank Fenner Early Career Fellowship

This award is named to honour the achievements of Professor Frank Fenner. This is awarded to the highest ranked applicant from the Biomedical or Public Health Early Career Fellowship category whose research focus is in an area of international public health application, and best reflects the qualities exemplified in Professor Fenner's career.

Doctor Matthew Field James Cook University

Marshall and Warren Award

The award is named after Australian Nobel Laureates Professors Barry Marshall and Robin Warren, who were awarded the 2005 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. The award is made to the applicant with the most highly innovative and potentially transformative Project Grant application.

Associate Professor James Bourne

Monash University

Project Grant

Project Grants support the creation of new knowledge by funding the best investigator-initiated research project in any area relevant to human health. The award is given to the highest ranked applicant in NHMRC’s Project Grant scheme.

Professor Stephen Nutt

The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Program Grant

Program Grants support teams of high calibre researchers to pursue broad based, multi-disciplinary and collaborative research activities. The award is made to the highest ranked applicant in NHMRC’s Program Grant scheme.

Professor Jamie Craig

The Flinders University of South Australia

Development Grant

Development Grants support the commercial development of a product, procedure or service that would result in improved health care, disease prevention or provide health cost savings. The award is given to the highest ranked applicant in NHMRC’s Development Grant scheme.

Professor Shudong Wang

University of South Australia

Elizabeth Blackburn Fellowhships

These fellowships are named after Australian-American Nobel Laureate Elizabeth Blackburn, who was awarded the 2009 Nobel prize in physiology or medicine. The fellowships promote and foster the career development of female researchers. The award is made to the highest ranked female applicant in each of the biomedical, clinical and public health pillars of the research fellowship scheme.

Award 

Recipient Institution

Biomedical

Professor Melissa Little

Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Clinical

Professor Leanne Togher

University of Sydney

Public Health

Professor Rebecca Ivers

The George Institute for Global Health

Fellowship Awards

Award Recipient  Institution

Research Fellowship

Research Fellowships support leading health and medical researchers in full-time research. The award is given to the highest ranked applicant in NHMRC’s Research Fellowship scheme.

Professor Melissa Little

Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Practitioner Fellowship

Practitioner Fellowships support research that results in the translation of evidence into improved clinical and health policy, delivering improvements in health and healthcare to Australians. The award is given to the highest ranked applicant in NHMRC's Practitioner Fellowship scheme. 

Professor Sharon Lewin University of Melbourne
Professor Gemma Figtree University of Sydney
Professor Stephen Tong University of Melbourne

Career Development Fellowships

Career Development Fellowships support Australian early to mid-career health and medical researchers. It helps investigators establish themselves as independent, self-directed researchers. The award is given to the highest ranked applicant in each of the biomedical, clinical, industry and population health pillars of the Career Development Fellowship scheme.

Award Recipient Institution

Clinical

Career Development Fellowship – Level 1

Doctor Trisha Peel

Monash University

Clinical

Career Development Fellowship – Level 2

Associate Professor Adam 

University of Melbourne

Population Health

Career Development Fellowship – Level 1

Doctor Joanne McKenzie

Monash University

Population Health

Career Development Fellowship – Level 2

Associate Professor Germaine Wong

University of Sydney

Industry

Career Development Fellowship – Level 2

 Associate Professor Paulo Ferreira

 University of Sydney

R.D. Wright Biomedical

Career Development Fellowship – Level 1

Doctor Daniel Pellicci

University of Melbourne

R.D. Wright Biomedical

Career Development Fellowship – Level 2

Doctor Darren Creek Monash University

 

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