Fellowships To Drive Science And Innovation In Victoria

Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, Adem Somyurek, today opened applications for two of Victoria’s most prestigious science and innovation programs.

The Andrews Labor Government will offer two Victoria Prizes for Science and Innovation, in physical sciences and life sciences, alongside 12 Victoria Fellowships – six in physical sciences and six in life sciences.

The 2015 Victoria Prizes For Science and Innovation, valued at $50,000 each, recognise outstanding leaders in science and their research contributions to the Victorian community.

The Victoria Fellowships, valued at $18,000 each, support researchers in science, engineering and technology, who are in the early stages of their career and would benefit from an international study mission.

Recipients of these awards in 2014 included researchers in nanomedicines for the treatment of cancers and cardiovascular disease, and translational neuroscience in the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s.

Other research areas included sports engineering, cloud computing, materials science, environmental health, preventative therapies and mental health.

Applications for the 2015 Victoria Prizes for Science and Innovation and Victoria Fellowships are now open and will close Thursday 25 June 2015.

The two Victoria Prize recipients and 12 Victoria Fellows will be announced at an awards ceremony later this year.

For further information and to apply visit www.veski.org.au/fellowships

Quotes attributable to the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, Adem Somyurek

“We’re supporting Victorians in science, engineering and technology, to research in the areas that will help create jobs and grow our economy.”

“Science and innovation is where Victoria’s strengths lie. It allows us to develop new skills, create new products and access new markets.”

“The prizes and fellowships are a significant opportunity and I encourage Victorians in the relevant areas to apply.”