Centenary Institute Lawrence Creative Prize 2016

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Stage: Competition Finished

Who can enter?
  • 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.

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

How to Enter?

 Click 'Apply' to enter which will take you through the online process, which includes: 
  1. Summary and description of your research project/discovery with emphasis on why it is creative / innovative and it's current uptake/status. 
  2. Optional video up to 5 minutes long that provides a summary of you and your general research for a wider audience.  

  • Please click here to download a short form to answer a few questions that will be viewed by judges only.
  • You can 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 watch a video on how to apply & how to upload these attachments to your application.

Click here to view an example entry from last years awards.

Closing Date for Applications
5 August 2016

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

The overall winners of Lawrence Creative Prize will be judged solely by an international group of esteemed adjudicators including:
  • Prof Ian Frazer AO - CEO & Director of Research, Translational Research Institute, Queensland AUS
  • Prof Michael Parker - Associate Director, Biota Structural Biology Laboratory, St Vincent's Institute, Victoria AUS
  • Prof Mathew Vadas AO - Executive Director, Centenary Institute, NSW AUS
  • Prof Jane Visvader - The Victorian Breast Cancer Research Consortium Laboratory, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Victoria AUS
  • Prof Ashley Bush - Director of the Oxidation Biology Unit at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health, Victoria AUS
  • Prof Matthias Hentze - Director of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory and Professor of Molecular Medicine at Heidelberg University, Germany  

The criteria for success are:
  • How innovative the project outlined in the application is;
  • The degree to which its veracity/utility has been tested; and
  • A single supporting letter from a knowledgeable, independent colleague will be taken into account.
The judging panel decision will be final and no further correspondence will be entered in to.

People's Choice Award - OPEN PUBLIC VOTE
Our People's Choice Award allows entrants deeper engagement with the public to learn, vote and support their important research.  Short video summaries introducing themselves and their work provides the avenue for sharing and engaging with the wider public.  The people's choice winner will win a $1000 prize and awarded to the entry based on total number of votes from other scientists and the general public. Voting will open on 5 August 2016 and will close 19 August 2016.

The four winners are required to:
  • Be in Sydney for the Prize announcement event to be held Thursday 1 September 2016. 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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