SMHR Awards 2019

SMHR CONFERENCE TRAVEL GRANTS‐IN‐AID

The following SMHR Conference Grants will be available for 2019:

Up to 5 x $1000 Interstate Travel Awards will be available for students and early career researchers living more than 100kms from Victoria to facilitate attendance at the SMHR conference.

Up to 4 x $500 Local Travel Awards will be available for students and early career researchers living within the Victorian or surrounding region to facilitate attendance at the SMHR conference.

To review the criteria and submit an application please download and complete the below application form

Travel Grant Application Form

Nominations should be sent with subject heading ‘Travel Grants-in-Aid’ to:

Dr Kelly Allott and Dr Nicholas Van Dam by email – kelly.allott@orygen.org.au, nicholas.vandam@unimelb.edu.au

Due date: September 17 2019 by 5pm AEST

Applications will not be considered after this deadline.

The successful applicants will be advised by mid-October 2019.


SMHR CARER TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP

1x $1000 Carer Travel Scholarship will be available for students and early-mid career researchers who are the primary Carer of one or more children under 5 years of age, to assist in the care of children while the recipient attends the Conference.

To review the criteria and submit an application please download and complete the below application form.

SMHR Carer Travel Scholarship Form

Nominations should be sent with subject heading ‘SMHR Carer Travel Scholarship’ to:

Dr Kelly Allott and Dr Nicholas Van Dam by email – kelly.allott@orygen.org.au, nicholas.vandam@unimelb.edu.au

Due date: September 17 2019 by 5pm AEST

Applications will not be considered after this deadline.

The successful applicants will be advised by mid-October 2019.


SMHR BEST RESEARCH PAPER AWARD 2019

One of the key aims of the Society for Mental Health Research is to support mental health research, and researchers. In service of this aim, the Society has established the SMHR Best Research Paper Award to acknowledge and support exceptional research in the field of mental health that has the potential for significant academic and public impact.

We will be awarding complimentary SMHR membership for one year, registration for the 41st Annual SMHR Conference, as well as $500 to one PhD student and one early-mid career researcher for research papers published in the last year that demonstrate outstanding original research with potential for significant impact on the mental health of Australians and/or New Zealanders.

To review the criteria and submit an application please download and complete the below application form:

SMHR Research Paper Award Application Form

Applications should be sent with the subject heading: “Early-to-Mid-Career Researcher Best Research Paper Award 2019” or “PhD student Best Research Paper Award 2019” to Rohan Borschman by email rohan.borschmann@unimelb.edu.au

Due Date:  Applications close Wednesday 15 August 2019

Please note: Applicants do not need to be SMHR members at the time of application


EARLY CAREER SCHOLAR AWARD 2019

This award is for a researcher early in their career (no more than 2 years’ post PhD award) to facilitate attendance at the 2019 SMHR conference to present their work.

Criteria for the Award: The nominee must be a financial member of SMHR. The award is evaluated using NHMRC category descriptors for track record and is based on publications, grants, and impact. Nominees must be within 2 years (as at 31 March 2019) from the date of the letter advising that their doctoral thesis was passed, unless career disruptions exist. Contribution to SMHR will also be considered. Persons on the SMHR Executive are not eligible for this award.

Details of the Award: The award includes a certificate and payment of conference registration fees at the 2019 annual SMHR conference. The awardee will be featured on the SMHR website, and asked to participate in a short podcast about their work that will be posted on the SMHR website.

Obligations: The successful applicant is required to attend the 2019 SMHR Conference. They will also be given the option of presenting at the 2019 Conference in Melbourne.

Award Sponsor: The Society for Mental Health Research

Nominations should be emailed with subject heading ‘Early Career Scholar Award’ to Prof Eóin Killackey: eoin.killackey@orygen.org.au by close of business 22 October 2019.

Application form: Early Career Scholar Award 2019


RISING STAR AWARD 2019

This award is bestowed to “rising stars” in mental health research. That is, persons whose work is beginning to make a significant impact on the national and international scene, reflecting either scientific excellence or public impact (or both).

Criteria for the Award: The nominee will be a current financial SMHR member. The award is evaluated using NHMRC category descriptors for track record and is based on publications, grants, and impact. It is expected that the nominee is at least 2 years and less than 7 years (as at 31 March 2019) from the date of the letter advising that their doctoral thesis was passed, unless career disruptions exist. Contribution to SMHR will also be considered. Persons on the SMHR Executive are not eligible for this award.

Details of the Award: The award includes a certificate and payment of conference registration fees at the 2019 annual SMHR conference. The awardee will be featured on the SMHR website, and asked to participate in a short podcast about their work that will be posted on the SMHR website.

Obligations: The successful applicant is required to attend the 2019 SMHR Conference. They will also be given the option of presenting at the 2019 Conference in Melbourne.

Award Sponsor: The Society for Mental Health Research

Nominations should be emailed with subject heading ‘Rising Star Award’ to Prof Eóin Killackey: eoin.killackey@orygen.org.au by close of business 22 October 2019.

Application form: Rising Star Award 2019


SMHR FOUNDERS MEDAL 2019

This award was named in honour of the four founders of SMHR: Professors Scott Henderson, Issy Pilowsky, Graham Burrows and Peter Beaumont. The medal is awarded to persons who, over their entire careers, have made a contribution of significance to psychiatric research.

Criteria for the Founders Medal: The nominee will be a financial member of SMHR at the time of nomination. This award is evaluated using NHMRC category descriptors for track record and is based on publications, grants, impact and contribution to SMHR. These details are to be provided by the Nominator. Criteria are judged by the SMHR Executive Committee.

Details of the Award: The awardee will be presented with a medal and a certificate and payment of conference registration fees at the 2019 annual SMHR conference. The awardee will be featured on the SMHR website, and asked to participate in a short podcast about their work that will be posted on the SMHR website.

Obligations: The award winner is required to present at the 2019 Conference in Melbourne (Date and Time TBC).

Award Sponsor: The Society for Mental Health Research

Nominations should be emailed with subject heading ‘Founders Medal’ to Prof Eóin Killackey: eoin.killackey@orygen.org.au by close of business 22 October 2019.

Application form: SMHR Founders Medal 2019


SMHR ORATION AWARD 2019

This award is bestowed to persons who are prominent or rising to prominence in the Australian and New Zealand psychiatric research community.

Criteria for the Award: The award is evaluated using NHMRC category descriptors for track record and is based on publications, grants and impact. These details are to be provided by the Nominator. These criteria are judged by the SMHR Executive Committee.

Details of Award: The awardee will be presented with a medal and a certificate and payment of conference registration fees at the 2019 annual SMHR conference. The awardee will be featured on the SMHR website, and asked to participate in a short podcast about their work that will be posted on the SMHR website.

Obligations: The successful applicant is required to present an oration at the 2019 SMHR Conference (Date and Time TBC).

Award Sponsor: The Society for Mental Health Research

Nominations should be emailed with subject heading ‘Oration Award’ to Prof Eóin Killackey: eoin.killackey@orygen.org.au by close of business 22 October 2019.

Application form: SMHR Oration Award 2019


AUSTRALIAN ROTARY HEALTH (ARH) MENTAL HEALTH “IMPACT” AWARD 2019

2019 Nominations are currently open. Applications must be received by 5PM AEDT, Monday 4th November 2019.

There is more to innovation in mental health research than great ideas. SMHR has a number of awards acknowledging excellence in research. However, there is often a gap between knowledge gained through research, the dissemination of that knowledge to clinicians, consumers and carers, and its implementation into policy and practice.

Australian Rotary Health has therefore established an annual award to recognise the critical step of research translation – implementation and knowledge dissemination – in our mental health research work. This award is for mental health researchers who can demonstrate the use of innovative strategies and methods for disseminating their research or for implementing their research outputs into clinical practice and other real-world settings.

Award: The award consists of a plaque and the expenses of attending the SMHR conference. The expenses are for a total amount not exceeding $3,000 and include: registration at SMHR Conference for that year, for two nights’ accommodation at the SMHR Conference and air travel.

The winner will be expected to attend the SMHR 2019 conference, to present for 25 minutes at SMHR 2019 and to be available to Rotary for no less than three speaking engagements over the ensuing 12 months. (Note that if these future speaking engagements are not held in the town or city where the successful applicant lives, then the Australian Rotary Health will cover the cost of airfare and accommodation).

Eligibility: The award is open to all researchers, clinicians, consumers and organisations who seek to advance the availability of evidence- based interventions for those who are experiencing mental illness in the Australian community. The prize is open to individuals and organisations. They may be consumers, carers, researchers, or organisations involving these groups.

Selection Criteria: The prize is for the most outstanding and innovative effort to disseminate knowledge about mental health research output or implement evidence-based mental health interventions or service solutions in real world settings. The entry should describe the activity, the target audience, and the evidence base for the research/knowledge which is being promoted, disseminated, or implemented. It should also describe the impact that their activity has had and how this was measured.

Process: Applicants will be required to submit a written entry describing their knowledge dissemination or research translation innovation.

Application form is available here.

Applications should be sent with subject heading ‘ARH Mental Health Impact Award’ to Prof Eóin Killackey (Secretary, SMHR) by email to eoin.killackey@orygen.org.au by 5PM AEDT, 4 November 2019.

The award will be presented by Australian Rotary Health at the 2019 SMHR Conference in Melbourne.
Funding Source: Australian Rotary Health

Current Award Holder: 2018 Dr Sally Hunt / The development and implementation of the eCliPSE web portal (www.eclipse.org.au).


CENTRE FOR MENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH LIVED EXPERIENCE RESEARCH MEDAL

The Lived Experience Research Medal has been established to recognise people with lived experience of mental health issues leading mental health research. In 2019, this award will be presented to the lived experience researcher who is judged to best meet the selection criteria based on a short written submission to the judging panel. The panel will be comprised of people with lived experience of mental health issues and will be chaired by the Head of the Lived Experience Research Unit at the Centre for Mental Health Research, ANU.

Award: A medal together with a $500 prize will be presented at the Annual SMHR Conference.

Eligibility: The award is open to all people with a lived experience of mental health issues who have led mental health research as a lay or academic researcher. Lived experience is defined as personal (consumer) or as an informal carer/family member. Applicants with and without an academic background are encouraged to apply.
Selection criteria: Applicants should demonstrate their leadership in mental health research focused on lived experience perspectives. This may be within universities or community organisations. Submissions will be judged on (a) the relevance of the research to consumers and carers; (b) the active inclusion of consumers and carers in the research process; and (c) the quality of the contribution of the applicant’s work to the mental health knowledge base. 

Selection criteria: Applicants should demonstrate their leadership in mental health research focused on lived experience perspectives. This may be within universities or community organisations. Submissions will be judged on (a) the relevance of the research to consumers and carers; (b) the active inclusion of consumers and carers in the research process; and (c) the quality of the contribution of the applicant’s work to the mental health knowledge base.

Process: Short written submissions (no more than 2 pages) for the award together with supporting references from two referees should be sent to Prof Eoin Killackey by email to eoin.killackey@orygen.org.au. Applications close 5pm 22 October 2019.

Funding source: The medal will be funded by the Centre for Mental Health Research, ANU.