Research Advantage

Overview of awards and prizes

The University of Newcastle is home to some of the world’s most well-regarded researchers.

Our researchers have won high-profile awards for their work in engineering, cancer prevention, nutrition education, asthma prevention, education initiatives, humanities, and much more.

Over the past two years, we've helped our researchers win over $225,000 in prize money - which they can use to advance their research goals.

Upcoming Awards

GSK Award for Research Excellence

This program is for high-calibre, mid-career clinicians and researchers undertaking health or medical research predominately in Australia. One national winner will receive $80,000 (tax free) paid to the recipient’s institution to further their research.

The deadline for internal applications is 20 July 2020.

Final nominations close at midnight 04 August 2020.

To express your interest in applying, contact awards@newcastle.edu.au for nomination details.

Falling Walls Lab 2020

The Falling Walls Foundation is a non-profit organisation in Berlin, dedicated to the support of science and the humanities. It was established in 2009, 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. At its heart is the question ‘Which are the next walls to fall?’ as a result of scientific, technological, economic and sociological breakthroughs.  Up to ten selected presenters will be invited to participate in the challenge, each giving a three-minute presentation on their research, business model or initiative based on the concept ‘Which walls will fall next?’.

Final applications close at 5pm on 20 July 2020.  Please review guidelines for eligibility.

Research Australia Health & Medical Awards

This is one of Australia's most prestigious health and medical awards programs. Recipients can be individuals, teams or organisations that are improving outcomes for Australians either through their own research or through their support of research.

The 2020 program covers 8 categories, each with specific eligibility and selection criteria.

  1. Frontiers Award Sponsored by ANU (new in 2020)
  2. Griffith University Discovery Award
  3. Peter Wills Medal
  4. Advocacy Award
  5. Philanthropy Award
  6. Data Innovation Award Sponsored by Bupa Health Foundation
  7. Health Services Research Award

The University of Newcastle won three of the eight categories in 2018.  Will you be our next winner?

The deadline for internal applications is 20 July 2020.

Final nominations close 03 August 2020.

To express your interest in applying, contact awards@newcastle.edu.au for nomination details.

Additional Award Opportunities


Awards contact

Leanne Vaughan, Awards Coordinator
Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Academic Excellence

T: +61 2 4921 7293
E: awards@newcastle.edu.au