High quality research that is rigorous, transparent and reproducible contributes to scientific progress, is essential for the translation of outcomes into health policy and practice, delivers the highest possible value for research investment and promotes community trust in scientific findings.

The Research Quality Award recognises excellence and outstanding contribution to ensuring the highest quality in health and medical research from an individual, a group of individuals, or an organisation.

The awardee will have demonstrated their commitment to supporting any or all of the following:

  • a research culture conducive to the conduct of high quality research
  • the highest quality in the development, design, methodology, conduct and analysis of research
  • transparency of research, such as accessibility and reporting of research
  • public accountability for high quality research, such as monitoring and reporting the quality and outcome of research.

Nominations will be considered by the NHMRC CEO, who will select the awardee in consultation with the Chairs of NHMRC's Research Committee and Research Quality Steering Committee.

The following criteria will also be considered:

  • the impact of nominees' contribution to high quality Australian health and medical research and its outcomes though their own research and/or as a mentor
  • residence of the nominee(s) in Australia.
The objectives of this award are based on NHMRC's Research Quality strategy.

Past winners

  • 2021: Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney