Group photo of awardees at the 2023 Research Excellence Awards.

2023 Research Excellence Awards

On Wednesday 27 March 2024, we honoured the achievements of Australian health and medical researchers who have dedicated their careers to improving the health of our nation, through our annual Research Excellence Awards.

Shining a light on chronic disease, suicide prevention, novel drug development and discovery, as well as improving health equity among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, these awards acknowledged the top-ranked researchers and teams following peer review of applications to NHMRC’s highly competitive grant schemes in 2023.


Read about the 2023 Awards Recipients


Professor Lewin AO at NHMRC’s Research Excellence Awards
  • Media release
  • Research Excellence: Novel interventions to treat and cure acute and chronic viral infections

    Professor Sharon Lewin is the Director of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity at the University of Melbourne. Her research has focused on strategies to achieve an HIV cure, enhancing clinical outcomes for people living with HIV and hepatitis B and the identification of novel treatments for COVID-19. She is internationally known for her development of laboratory models to study HIV latency and for leading innovative early phase clinical trials aimed at reversing HIV latency. Professor Lewin has received Melburnian of the Year (2014), the Peter Wills Medal from Research Australia (2015), Officer of the Order of Australia (2019), and Medal for Outstanding Female Researcher by the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (2022).

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    Media release
  • News
  • Over $77 million in funding to be shared in national clinical trials and cohort studies

    High-quality national clinical trials and cohort studies aiming to improve the health and wellbeing of all Australians will receive over $77 million in funding under the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies grant scheme.

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  • A $411 million commitment for researchers to bring their discoveries to life

    The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) continues to invest in our nation’s health and medical research sector, with over $411 million awarded to 229 outstanding researchers to investigate Australia’s greatest health challenges.