Fellowships To Drive Science And Innovation In Victoria

Applications for two of Victoria’s most prestigious science and innovation programs, the 2016 Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation and the 2016 Victoria Fellowships, are now open.

The Andrews Labor Government will offer two Victoria Prizes for Science and Innovation and 12 Victoria Fellowships to support Victoria’s top scientists, innovators and early career researchers.

Two $50,000 Victoria Prizes, one for physical sciences and one for life sciences, will be available this year to 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.

A recipient of the Victoria Fellowship award in 2015, Dr Severine Lamon, recently spent a month at the University of Texas studying a new process to measure the impact of pharmaceutical or exercise interventions targeting ageing-related muscle loss.

Dr Lamon is now one of the first Australian researchers to develop these specialist skills and is keen to implement the new technique at Deakin University this year.

Applications for the 2016 programs are now open and will close on 23 June 2016. The two Victoria Prize recipients and 12 Victoria Fellows will be announced at an awards ceremony later this year.

To nominate a senior scientist or researcher for the Victoria prize visit:  www.veski.com.au/vicprize

For more information on how to apply for the Victoria Fellowships visit:  www.veski.com.au/vicfellow

Quotes attributable to Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis

“We’re supporting Victorians working in science, engineering and technology to research in the areas that will help provide real public value for our community.”

“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 fantastic opportunity and I encourage all innovators in our STEM fields to apply.”