Nominations open for GSK Award for Research

37th year of $80,000 research grant

Nominations for GSK’s Award for Research Excellence are now open until 10th July. The longstanding award seeks to assist leading Australian researchers by providing the winner with an $80,000 grant to support their research journey. 

The GSK Award for Research Excellence is one of the most prestigious available to the Australian medical research community. It has been awarded since 1980 to recognise outstanding achievements in medical research with potential importance to human health.

Last year’s award was received by Professors Arthur Christopoulos and Patrick Sexton for their research into G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). View their video here.

Professor Sexton said winning the GSK Award for Research Excellence has helped advance their work. The prospect of “dimmer switch” medicines offers hope for patients with chronic conditions with a more tailored approach.

“The award has greatly assisted us in progressing our research into understanding novel drug behavoiurs. We are now looking into new areas to help patients suffering from a range of diseases that are currently sub-optimally treated,” said Professor Sexton.

Dr Andrew Weekes, Medical Director, GSK Australia said GSK is proud to be able to support local researchers with the Award, now in its 37th year.

“GSK is honoured to support the research community and their discoveries, which we believe will one day help patients. The award is a flagship programme for GSK Australia and a highlight in our calendar each year,” said Dr Weekes.

“Ground-breaking medical research is only possible if a range of industry, academia, professional bodies and Government work together. If Australia is to remain a world leader in medical research then it’s important we all get behind our local researchers and scientists,” said Dr Weekes.

Successful applicants are generally mid-career researchers with a long-standing commitment to their field. The winner will be announced on Thursday 5 October at the Annual Research Australia Awards, at the Metropolis, Melbourne.

Further information is available on the GSK ARE website where nominees may be submitted. Please email any enquiries to

Nominations close 10th July.

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