The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Outstanding Contribution Award recognises outstanding long-term contributions, individual commitment and support to NHMRC.

The awardee is an individual who has:

  • made significant contributions to NHMRC
  • been a strong advocate for health and medical research
  • been an inspirational role model for the health and medical research community.

Nominations will be considered by the NHMRC CEO, who will select the awardee in consultation with the Chair of Council. The following criteria will also be considered:

  • personal, academic and professional achievements
  • demonstrated leadership, innovation and creativity
  • the impact of their contribution to Australian health and medical research and its outcomes
  • contributions to peer review
  • residence of the nominee in Australia.

Past winners

  • 2021: Professor Sharon Lewin AO
  • 2019: Professor Kathryn North AC
  • 2017: Professor Jane Hall
  • 2015: Professor Melissa Little
  • 2013: Professor Ron Trent
  • 2011: Mrs Elizabeth Grant AM
  • 2010: Professor David Weisbrot AM
  • 2007: Sr Regis Mary Dunne AO; Mr Peter Wills AC

How to nominate

Nominations for this award are from NHMRC Council and Principal Committee members only. If a member wishes to make a nomination, contact for information on the process.

Nominations close

Nominations close at 4PM AEDST on Friday 28 October 2022.


The 2022 awardee is expected to be announced at the NHMRC Biennial Awards Dinner on 23 March 2023. The awardee will be invited to attend the Awards Dinner.