The 2024 Research Action Awards: applications now open!
Dr Martin McNamara, Professor Bronwyn Hemsley, Professor Gary Sacks and Professor Ian Olver AM at the 2023 Research Action Awards ceremony.

Are you an early to mid-career researcher whose work has had a significant impact on health policy or services? If so, you could be eligible to apply for one of the Sax Institute’s Research Action Awards 2024

These Awards honour research that has made a real-world difference to people’s health and wellbeing, with the aim of showcasing the work and bringing it to a wider audience. Up to two Awards are granted, with each winner receiving a prize of $5000 and a certificate.

Applications are reviewed by an independent assessment committee of national and international experts in public health research, chaired this year by Professor Annette Boaz from King’s College London. Professor Boaz is the Co-Lead of Transforming Evidence, an international initiative supporting the use of research evidence in policy, and former Editor-in-Chief of the journal Evidence & Policy.

Award winners will be honoured at a special event on Wednesday 4 December, attended by senior health policy makers and research leaders from across the country.

Applications are due by 5pm AEST on Monday, 19 August 2024; they are open to all early to mid-career researchers associated with one of the Sax Institute’s member organisations from around Australia.

At last year’s Research Action Awards, we celebrated the work of two outstanding researchers: 

  • Professor Bronwyn Hemsley, University of Technology Sydney, for her work on providing safe and enjoyable meals for people with swallowing disability
  • Professor Gary Sacks, Deakin University, for his work on the Food-EPI Australia initiative to advance obesity prevention policy.

If you feel your work could be eligible for one of our Research Action Awards, click here for more information or contact for an application pack.

Watch Professor Hemsley talk about improving the quality of life for people with dysphagia:

Watch Professor Sacks talk about supporting healthier food environments through policy: