ANZPRA Early Career Researcher (ECR) Award

​​The ANZPRA Early Career Researcher (ECR) Award is an initiative designed to enable ECRs to visit other laboratories to learn new techniques and/or advance collaborations, with the purpose to enhance the awardee’s career development. Such laboratory visits can be undertaken in conjunction with attendance at a major conference. The award may also provide opportunities for ECRs to gain vital skills and experience in preparing grant proposals.

Please note that for the 2021 funding round travel/collaboration must be within Australia and New Zealand. In 2021 we also appreciate that travel limitations even within Australia and NZ are fluctuating and more limited than when this award was previously offered, so we also encourage our ECRs to think more widely about the use of the award to facilitate collaborative research, even within their own state or country. If you have any questions about how you would like to spend the money to achieve the overall aims, please email anzplacentalresearch@gmail.com.

 

Applications must be prepared in consultation with the ECR’s supervisor/mentor, and the objective of the visit has been discussed with and supported by the host laboratory/research team, prior to the application being submitted. Applications should be submitted by email to anzplacentalresearch@gmail.com by midnight (Australian Eastern Standard Time) on the 1st of October 2021.

 

​Applicants must be within 5 years of recieving their PhD (or highest degree), and must have been ANZPRA members for at least 12 months. Awards are valued at up to $1000AU.

Full guidelines are available here.

The application form is available here.

ANZPRA New Investigator Conference Attendance Award

​​To help mitigate the effects of Covid on travel and networking, particularly for PhD students who may not have had any opportunities to attend in person conferences during their degree, ANZPRA are pleased to announce the launch of an award to aid more of our young researchers to attend their first ANZPRA satellite meeting, and feel more part of the ANZPRA family. The intent is to provide a learning and networking opportunity through partly funding the attendance of an ECR member. The award may also provide opportunities for ECRs to gain communication skills and experience in formulating collaborations and interpreting different field of research.

 

The ANZPRA satellite is held ahead of the Society for Reproductive Biology meeting in Melbourne, Australia in November 2021 (ANZPRA satellite on the 20th of November, SRB main meeting 21-24th November). The award will cover a free registration to attend the ANZPRA satellite and associated travel costs up to the monetary value of $500 for those over 2500km from the meeting venue, or $250 for those less than 2500km.

 

Applications must be prepared in consultation with the ECR’s supervisor/mentor, and the objective of the visit has been discussed with and supported by the host laboratory/research team, prior to the application being submitted. Applications should be submitted by email to anzplacentalresearch@gmail.com by midnight (Australian Eastern Standard Time) on the 13th of August 2021.

 

Applicants must be within 5 years of recieving their PhD (or highest degree), and must have been ANZPRA members for at least 6 months by the deadline. 3 months of membership may be accepted for new students or under extenuating circumstances if explanation is provided.

Full guidelines are available here.

The application form is available here.

ANZPRA New Investigator Award

Each year, ANZPRA awards the ANZPRA New Investigators Award to the best oral presentation at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Reproductive Biology (SRB) by a member who is a postgraduate student or within two years of receiving their PhD.

 

Eligibility criteria are as follows: 

- For PHD/MD Students (2nd year and above) and PhD/MD Graduates: Applicants must be ANZPRA members for at least 6 months prior to applying.

- For Honours students, MSc students and 1st year PhD students: Applicants must be ANZPRA members at the time of submission of the application

 

The award will be given on the basis of the quality of presentations at the meeting and will be judged by the ANZPRA Awards Committee which is comprised of representatives of the ANZPRA Executive and a member of the SRB Awards Committee. The award will be presented at the SRB/ANZPRA Conference gala dinner.

Awards will not be made if, in the judges' opinion, eligible presentations are not sufficiently meritorious. In order to be considered for the ANZPRA New Investigators Award, new investigators must tick the ANZPRA box when submitting their abstract.

Past awardees

  • 2020: Meaghan Griffiths, Monash University

  • 2019: Sarah Delforce, University of Newcastle.

  • 2018: Yao Wang, Hudson Institute of Medical Research

  • 2017: Anya Arthurs, University of Newcastle

  • 2016: Jacinta Kalisch-Smith, University of Queensland.

  • 2015: Rachael Crew, University of Western Australia

  • 2014: Sophea Heng, Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne

  • 2013: Dr Fiona Brownfoot, University of Melbourne

  • 2012: Kirsten Palmer, University of Melbourne

  • 2011: Georgia Kafer, University of Queensland

  • 2010: Chez Viall, University of Auckland for "Trophoblast antiphospholipid antibody internalisation by a β2 glycoprotein I-anionic phospholipid-megalin complex."

  • 2008: Ami Chui, University of Melbourne for "Homeobox gene  DLX3 regulates forskolin-induced trophoblast differentiation".

  • 2007: Gyathri Rajaraman, University of Melbourne for "Homeobox gene HLX1 is a mediator of HGF-stimulated trophoblast migration."

  • 2006: Joanna James, University of Auckland, for "The effects of oxygen concentration and gestational age on extravillous trophoblast outgrowth from first trimester villous explants."

  • 2005: Damien Hewitt, University of Western Australia for "Placental expression of secreted frizzled-related protein (SFRP4) in the rat: association with beta-catenin localization and regulation by glucocorticoids."

 

IFPA Awards

Each year IFPA (ANZPRA's parent organisation) disributes a number of awards to researchers of all levels, many associated with invited presentations at the IFPA annual meeting. 

 

For full details of these awards, and which awards are on offer in any given year, please visit: http://www.ifpa.epineux.com/awards