Elizabeth Penfold Simpson Prize

The Brain Foundation administers the Elizabeth Penfold Simpson Prize for research. The $20,000 prize is awarded to the author of the best piece of original research in any of the neurosciences published in the last two years on the advice of three or more judges nominated by the Brain Foundation.

Applications are now open for 2024. Deadline: Friday 2nd August, 2024.

Conditions for Applicants

Eligibility criteria:

  • The research must have been conducted wholly or substantially in South Australia.
  • The research work must have been either:
    • Published or accepted for publication in a reference journal in the last two years, OR
    • Accepted as a thesis within the last two years for a higher degree in clinical neuroscience offered by the University of Adelaide, Flinders University or University of South Australia.

Where the work represents the collaborative effort of more than one person, the Prize may be awarded to more than one person and in such case the Prize will be shared equally between those persons.

The assessment criteria are:

  • The quality of the research work;
  • The originality of the work; and
  • The importance of the work as a contribution to neurology or neurosurgery.

The successful applicant(s) will be expected to be available for media interviews in South Australia.

Closing date for applications: Friday 2nd August, 2024.

Please attach a PDF of the published work with a covering email to the following address:  grants@brainfoundation.org.au

The covering email should contain the following:

  • Chief Investigator and, if applicable Co-Investigators
  • Title, First and Last Names
  • Contacts, Telephone and Mobile
  • Specialisation
  • Main Institutional Affiliation

You will receive a return acknowledgement email within two weeks.  If you do not receive such an acknowledgement, please contact the Brain Foundation by phone on 1300 886 660 or email our Grants Program Manager, Anniek Grundy, at anniek@brainfoundation.org.au to be sure that your application has been received.


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