CSL Young Florey Medal

CSL Young Florey Medal

The 2016 CSL Young Florey Medal will be awarded to an Australian biomedical researcher for significant early career achievements in biomedical science and/or human health advancement for research conducted primarily in Australia. In addition to the bronze medal, the award currently carries a prize of $25,000 due to the generous support of CSL Limited.

Information on Selection and Eligibility Criteria and how to apply can be found below.

Nominations will open on the 4th of April 2016 and close on the 6th of June 2016.
The 2016 form can be found here.
Please note that nominations will only be accepted via the online form.

Selection Criteria

1. Excellence in research achievement in the biomedical science and/or human health advancement., shown by track record and/or by clearly demonstrated potential. Track record could include:

  • Specific research achievements
  • Research impact/application
  • Collaboration achievements
  • Publications record
  • Grants obtained
  • Patents held
  • Awards or prizes

2. Excellence and passion in communication and community engagement to promote understanding and engagement in science. This may be demonstrated through achievements in specific science promotion activities and/or through potential to connect with varied non-scientific audiences. Relevant achievements and/or experience could include:

  • Significant  and consistent involvement in public science presentations or involvement in community science events (e.g. Festival of Ideas, National Science Week)
  • Author or contributor to popular science books, Television or Radio documentary, or online blog
  • Writer or initiator of regular column or presenter of regular series/segment or blog  (mainstream media, science journal, online etc)
  • Engaged or regularly featured in national mainstream, state, local or regional media
  • Other evidence of a strong interest in, and commitment to, science promotion within the broader community and policy sphere


The Young Florey Award is open to Australian residents working in the field of biomedical science and/or human health advancement.

  • Nominees must be no more than 45 years of age as at the nomination closing date.
  • The selection committee will take into account personal or extenuating circumstances that might provide grounds for consideration outside the above age criterion, such as parental leave.
  • Nominees must hold a PhD. The selection committee will consider exceptions based on evidence of equivalent experience in industry.
  • Nominees should currently be working in Australia and have undertaken a significant portion of their postgraduate research in Australia, and be committed to carrying out their research/work in Australia in the following year to allow them to participate in outreach activities.
  • Self-nominations are not eligible.
  • Nominees must be either permanent residents or citizens of Australia. New Zealand citizens may also apply, subject to fulfilling the criteria above.

Conditions of Award

The CSL Florey Medal may be awarded to an individual, or jointly to up to three persons who would share the $25,000 prize money. There are no conditions attached to utilisation of the prize money. The Awardee(s) will be expected to:

  • Attend the presentation ceremony in November 2016 in Canberra including a lunchtime media briefing and an evening dinner;
  • Make themselves available for media interviews during the week of the ceremony.
  • Plan to be in Australia during a significant portion of the next year and participate in at least three science/biomedical promotion events associated with the CSL Florey Medal and AIPS.

Nomination Requirements

A nomination should include:

1.      A completed nomination form, including:

  • Nominee’s details
  • Nominator’s details
  • Names/contact details of up to three (3) additional supporters
  • A description of the nominee’s achievement(s) and their significance that could be understood by the general public (maximum 200 words)
  • A nominee’s statement outlining communications and/or outreach they have undertaken to promote their work.
  • A nominator’s statement which addresses why the nominee’s work represents significant achievements in biomedical science and human health advancement. This could include the special significance of the nominee’s contribution as compared to other work in this field of endeavour and/or significance when compared to the contributions of scientists in other biomedical science fields [maximum two (2) pages].

2.      The Nominee’s curriculum vitae

  • A CV of up to three (3) pages with one (1) additional page outlining key publications. This may be in Word or PDF format and should be submitted as an attachment. (Please note: additional pages will not be considered by the Selection Committee)

3.      Please note:

  • Entries with insufficient documentation will not be considered.
  • Submitted material will not be returned.
  • Any entries received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Personal information provided in connection with the CSL Florey Medal will be used solely by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science and its partners (including CSL Limited) and only in connection with the Medal.

Submission of Nominations

Nominations should be completed online by midnight 6 June 2016.
The nomination form can be found here.
Please note that nominations will only be accepted via the online form.

For more information, please contact Camille Thomson:
Tel: (02) 9036 9995
Email: director@aips.net.au

Selection Process

  • Nominations will be judged by a selection committee.
  • The Chair of the selection committee will be appointed by AIPS and will have voting rights.
  • The Chair, in consultation with AIPS, will appoint a selection committee of at least four other members, including representatives of the Australian biomedical research community.
  • The selection committee will be guided by the selection criteria.
  • Written or verbal confidential comments may be sought from nominees’ stipulated additional supporters.
  • The selection committee will reach its decision solely on the material submitted and any comments of nominated supporters sought.
  • All nomination information and material remain the property of the Australian Institute of Policy and Science and will remain strictly confidential.
  • The deliberations of the selection committee are strictly confidential.
  • The decisions of the selection committee in the selection of the Medal recipient are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Composition of the selection committee will only be made public at the Award ceremony on 9 November 2016.