Centenary Institute Medical Innovation Award 2017

Stage: Competition Finished

The Scope:

The scope of the Prize includes biomedical research in its broadest definitions, including basic and trans-disciplinary research.


Applicants may be a citizen of another country provided their research has been substantially carried out in Australia.

Applicants may be from any institute, university or educational institution in Australia.

Applicants must have received their PhD on or after 1 January 2009. In the case of medical graduates, the time from beginning a substantial research career will be counted.


Click 'Apply' to enter which will take you through the online process, which includes:

Summary and description of your research project/discovery with emphasis on why it is creative / innovative and it's current uptake/status.

You may provide an optional video up to 3 minutes long that provides an insight into you and your research.

You should also include a one-page letter from a supervisor/colleague in support of your application that will be viewed by judges only.

Click here to view top entries from last year.

Closing Date for Applications

31st July 2017

Judging Process

All applications will be judged by members of the Centenary Institute Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) according to the assessment criteria.

Criteria for Success:

How innovative the project outlined in the application is;

The degree to which its veracity/utility has been tested;

A single supporting letter from a knowledgeable, independent colleague will be taken into account.

The judging panel decision will be final

People's Choice Award:

Our People's Choice Award allows competition entrants and the public to connect, to learn and support this important research. In 2016 1,335 people voted in the People's Choice Award.

Video summaries are a great way to engage with the wider community. The people's choice winner will win a $1000 prize.

This prize will be awarded to the entry that receives that highest number of verified votes from Thinkable members. Voting will open on the 14th August 2017, and will close on the 25th August 2017.

The four winners are required to:

Be in Sydney for the Prize announcement event to be held Thursday 7 September 2017. The costs associated with travel to Sydney will be borne by the Prize organisers;

Participate in press interviews, photography and filming (if necessary) prior to, on the day of, and following the announcement of the winner;

Make themselves available for promotional and corporate appearances directly associated with the Prize, subject to reasonable notice being provided by the Prize organisers; and

Advise the Prize organisers or their media representatives of any direct media or public relations requests to them, and not enter into media interviews specifically regarding the Prize without prior approval of the Prize organisers or their media representatives.

 Funding Available



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