Nominations now open for medtech, science awards

Tuesday, 11 June, 2019

Nominations now open for medtech, science awards

Medical technologists Australia wide, as well as scientists and researchers based in Victoria, are encouraged to nominate for several upcoming award opportunities.

The Medical Technology Association of Australia (MTAA) has opened the call for nominations for the 2019 MTAA Industry Awards, designed to recognise outstanding individuals and organisations in the medtech industry.

The awards are highly regarded within the medical technology sector and are open to both MTAA members and non-members who have made a significant contribution to the industry. They include the following categories:

  • The Kerrin Rennie Award for Excellence in Medical Technology — Improving Quality of Life was established to recognise and profile the innovative and extraordinary contribution of medical technology to improving health outcomes of Australian patients.
  • The Outstanding Achievement award recognises an individual who has contributed in an exceptional way to the medical technology industry in Australia, evidenced through their contribution to industry development, improvement in patient outcomes or excellence in leadership or innovation.
  • The Women in MedTech awards are presented to both an individual and a company who have been leaders in advancing or achieving a significant result in the WiMT mission or goals within their company or the industry.

Nominations close on 26 July and winners will be announced on 19 September at the Australian MedTech Industry Awards Dinner, as part of the MTAA MedTech19 Conference. For information on how to nominate, visit

Applications are also now open for two of Victoria’s most prestigious science and innovation awards — the Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation and the Victoria Fellowships — which celebrate the state’s top scientists as well as early-career researchers and provide real support for their important work.

The Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation is awarded to outstanding scientists who have significantly advanced knowledge in their field, acknowledging exceptional leadership, determination and creativity. Two grants of $50,000, one for physical sciences and one for life sciences, will be awarded to fund research and development conducted in Victoria.

The state government is meanwhile offering 12 Victoria Fellowships of up to $18,000 for early-career researchers to support a short-term overseas study mission. Study missions to France are also eligible for the Australian French Association for Science and Technology (AFAS) Associate Award, valued up to $3500 — providing early-career researchers with the opportunity to access specialist training, commercialise an idea or undertake career development not offered in Australia.

Applications for the Victorian awards and fellowships close on 17 July, with the winners to be announced at a ceremony later in the year. More information is available at and

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