New Investigator Award

CLOSING DATE:   Friday 1 June 2018

The New Investigator Award for excellence in the conduct and presentation of research will be made at the Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) of the ASA and ASTA. Presentations for consideration for this award will be delivered during the New Investigator Symposium.

All eligible applicants must be a member of the Australasian Sleep Association or Australasian Sleep Technologists Association. The original work to be presented will have been carried out by the applicant, during the applicant’s research training (up to and including PhD studies or equivalent). Previous winners are ineligible. The age of the applicant will not determine eligibility. The applicant’s eligibility should be verified by their Supervisor or Head of Department.

Eligible abstracts will be reviewed by the ASA Research Committee, and successful applicants will be required to present their abstract as an oral presentation in the New Investigator Symposium at the ASM. The presentation will be ten minutes followed by five minutes for questions.

Presenters will be required to demonstrate:

  • Excellence in the design, execution, analysis and critical appraisal of their research
  • Ability to communicate key concepts clearly to an audience who have no specialised knowledge in the field
  • Competence in answering questions and discussing points raised by the audience

The oral presentations will be judged by the ASA Research Committee and other members of ASA and/or ASTA. The judging will be based on scientific merit and significance (40%), visual (10%) and oral (20%) presentation and understanding/responding to questions (30%). The New Investigator Award will be presented at the Gala Dinner.

Presenters in the New Investigator Symposium must be the first AND presenting author of their abstract and must register and attend the meeting. An applicant who submits multiple first author abstracts for the ASM may only select one to be considered for the New Investigator Award per year.

To submit your abstract to be considered for the New Investigator Symposium, please follow the instructions below:

  • Indicate your interest in being considered for presentation in the New Investigator Session by selecting “apply for New Investigator Symposium” when you submit your abstract for Sleep DownUnder
  • Submit a NIA application form, which should be signed by you and your Supervisor/Head of Department

Click here to download the New Investigator Award Application Form


2017 Charlotte Gupta
2016 Liora Kempler
2015 Yasaman Djavadkhani
​2014 Cassie Hilditch
2013 Julia Chapman
2012 Karinna Fyfe
2011 Lauren Nisbet
2010 Rebecca Robillard
2009 Heidi Richardson
2008 Andrew Vakulin
2007 Nicole Witcombe
2006 Sarah Jay
2005 Garun Hamilton
2004 Michael Hlavac
​2003 Siobhan Banks
2002 Brendon Yee
2001 Amy Jordan

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