15185_SI_RAA_Logo_v1_FINALSApplications now open for 2017 Awards

The Sax Institute’s Research Action Awards recognise research that has made a significant impact on health policy, programs or service delivery. We established the Awards in 2015 to acknowledge research that supports policy decisions that make a real-world difference to people’s health and wellbeing.

The Awards

Applications are open to early career researchers whose research has made a significant impact on health policy, programs or service delivery and who work for one of the Sax Institute’s Ordinary Member organisations. Applications will be reviewed by an independent assessment committee comprised of international and national experts in public health and knowledge exchange. Professor Nicholas Mays, Professor of Health Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Director of the Policy Innovation Research Unit; and co-editor of the Journal of Health Services Research & Policy will chair the committee. Successful Awardees will receive $5,000 each towards their professional development.

The Awards presentation

Award recipients will be honoured at a ceremony on 21 November 2017 in Sydney and presented with their awards by international or national leaders in health policy. Senior health leaders and members of the public health and health services research communities will be invited to attend. The Institute will publicise the work of the successful applicants by showcasing their achievements to the media.


Individuals are eligible to apply if they work for one of the Sax Institute’s Ordinary Member organisations and have up to 15 years postdoctoral or equivalent experience. A list of organisations nominating ordinary members can be found here.

Closing date for applications

If you think your work has had an impact on health policy, programs or service delivery and you can demonstrate evidence of its impact, we encourage you to apply no later than 5pm, 22 September 2017.

To begin your application please download the following documents: 

Thanks to our sponsors

We would like to acknowledge the Commonwealth Bank of Australia for their support of the Research Action Awards.


Ms Kathryn Placencia
Phone: 02 9188 9581
Email: communications@saxinstitute.org.au

Previous award winners

2016 Awards

Researchers focused on making a real-world impact on vaccine safety, maternal and reproductive health, and strengthening the Medicare system were winners at the 2016 Research Action Awards.

2016 winners:

  • Associate Professor Kristine Macartney, National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS)
  • Associate Professor Kees van Gool, University of Technology Sydney
  • Associate Professor Angela Dawson, University of Technology Sydney

2015 Awards

The 2015 inaugural Award winners conducted research that had an impact on diverse areas – from being pivotal in having commercial sunbeds banned, to changing the way health workers communicate about vaccination with hesitant parents. Read more about the 2015 Award ceremony and winners.

2015 winners:

  • Dr Anne Cust, University of Sydney
  • Dr Santosh Khanal, NSW Ministry of Health
  • Associate Professor Julie Leask, University of Sydney
  • Associate Professor Farah Magrabi, Macquarie University.