Emerging Health Researcher Award to support research into mental health and wellbeing


The Bupa Foundation has opened nominations for its 2021 Emerging Health Researcher Award which recognises the valuable contribution early-career researchers make toward improving health outcomes for all Australians.

This year, the $25,000 Award is open to applications from researchers focused on improving mental health and wellbeing and/or the link between environmental and human health. This is the 10th year the Bupa Foundation has offered the Award, with Dr Jin Han of The Black Dog Institute receiving the grant in 2020.

Bupa’s Director of Community Engagement, Julie Bissinella said sustainability and mental health are significant issues that are important to Bupa’s people, customers and the broader community.

“As a health and care organisation, we want to help develop mentally healthy and resilient communities. This is of particular importance as we navigate the short and long-term challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This year’s Award aims to identify and profile the outstanding contributions of early career researchers focused on these issues and support their transition to leaders of the health and medical research sector. The calibre of nominations has always been fantastic, and we look forward to this trend continuing in 2021,” said Julie.

Five finalists will be awarded $5,000 with the eventual award winner receiving an additional $20,000[1]. This adds to the Bupa Foundation’s investment of more than $474,000 in the Emerging Health Researcher Award over the past decade.

The Award is open to individuals working across all disciplines of health and medical research with nominations closing Monday 11 October. To nominate for the 2021 Emerging Health Researcher Award or to find additional information visit here

[1] Five Commendation awards of $1,000 are also awarded. Total prize pool is expected to be $50,000.

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