Centenary Institute Medical Innovation Award 2019

Stage: 2019 Awards Announcement Ceremony

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 2011. In the case of medical graduates, the time from beginning a substantial research career will be counted.


Click 'Apply' on the right hand side of the page to enter. This 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 its current uptake/status.
  • You may provide an optional video up to 3 minutes long that provides an insight into you and your research this is encouraged, particularly if you wish to be included in the People's Choice Award.
  • 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

  • Friday, 5th July, 2019.

Judging Process

  • All applications in the Centenary Institute Medical Innovation Award and the Harvard Club of Australia Foundation Travel Prize will be judged by independent adjudicators according to the assessment criteria.
  • The judging panel decision will be final.

Criteria for Success

  • How innovative the project outlined in the application is.
  • The degree to which its veracity/utility has been tested.
  • A one-page supporting letter from a knowledgeable, independent associate will be taken into account (this is in addition to the one-page letter from a supervisor/colleague).

Harvard Club of Australia Foundation Travel Prize

  • The prize will be awarded by the independent adjudicators to the finalist (one of the two 2019 finalists in the Centenary Institute Medical Innovation Award) whose application demonstrates the best translational potential. See full the full terms and conditions for the 2019 Centenary Institute Medical Innovation Awards for details of the prize.

People's Choice Award

  • The People's Choice Award allows competition entrants and the public to connect, to learn and support this important research. In 2018 3,200 votes were recorded 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 $2,000 prize.
  • This prize will be awarded to the entry that receives that highest number of verified votes from Thinkable members.
  • Previous winners of the People's Choice Award, will not be eligible to be awarded the prize a second time.
  • Voting will open on the Monday, 8th July, 2019, and will close on the Monday, 5th August, 2019.

The three finalists plus the People's Choice winner are required to:

  • Be available to be in Sydney for the Prize announcement event to be held Wednesday, 21st August, 2019. 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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