The Centenary Institute Lawrence Creative Prize

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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 2008. 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?
We are excited this year to partner with Thinkable to launch a new engaging and streamlined application process.  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 one-page letter from a supervisor/colleague in support of your application that will be viewed by judges only.

You can either upload these documents into the 'Judges Discussion' portal on your submission for judges to see them or email them to and we will facilitate this upload into your submission.

Closing Date for Applications
10am AEST, August 21, 2015

Judging Process
All applications will be judged by members of the Centenary Institute Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) according to the assessment criteria.  On August 27, a top 10 shortlist will be announced.  
The final top-10 shortlist will be published on the competition site, with both an international panel of judges and an open voting period for the public with a deadline to accept votes being 11:59pm AEST, Septmeber 3, 2015. 
The overall winners of Lawrence Creative Prize will be judged solely by an international group of esteemed adjudicators including:
  • Professor Sir Marc Feldmann - Head, Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, University of Oxford UK
  • Prof Ian Frazer AO - CEO & Director of Research, Translational Research Institute, Queensland AUS
  • Prof Michael Good AO - Institute of Glycomics, Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus, Queensland AUS
  • Prof Sussan Nourshargh - Professor of Microvascular Pharmacology, Head, Centre for Microvascular Research
  • 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

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 Vote
We are excited to introduce a People's Choice Award this year that allows entrants deeper engagment 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 minimum $1000 prize (as additional funds will be raised) and awarded to the entry based on total number of votes from other scientists and the general public. 

The four winners are required to:
  • Be in Sydney for the Prize announcement event to be held Thursday 10 Septmeber 2015 with our special MC, Adam Spencer. 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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