Applications for the 2022 Michelson Prizes are open!

Early career researchers - applications for the $150,000 Michelson Prize research grants are now open!

The Michelson Prizes: Next Generation Grants are annual $150,000 grants awarded to early-career researchers who are applying disruptive concepts and innovative processes to advance human immunology, vaccine, and immunotherapy research for major global diseases.

In 2022, the Michelson Prizes will be looking for research proposals on human immunology and vaccine research, with the committee hoping to see research that is aimed at expanding our understanding of immune processes that are fundamental to successful vaccine and immunotherapy development, and that tackles the current roadblocks that exist in human vaccine development.

Funded by the Michelson Medical Research Foundation and overseen by the Human Vaccines Project, the Michelson Prizes are open to researchers under 35 with submissions closing on June 26, 2022.

In 2018 Professor Laura Mackay, award-winning biomedical scientist from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and Laboratory Head at the Doherty Institute, received a Michelson Prize to support her innovative research into tissue-resident memory T cells, which play an important role in combatting viral infections and cancer.

The funding from the Prize allowed her laboratory to examine immune responses by these cells in order to harness their protective functions to improve vaccines and immunotherapies. Professor Mackay continues to be at the forefront of this research and has been featured in Journals including Science, Nature, Nature Immunology, Nature Medicine, Immunity and PNAS.

Information for applicants:

  • About the Prizes: The Awards committee will be looking for research aimed at tackling the current roadblocks that exist in human vaccine development and expanding our limited understanding of key immune processes that are fundamental to successful vaccine and immunotherapy development.
  • Eligibility: Researchers/scientists who are 35 and under at the time of application. Early career independent investigators, postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows (including residents and interns), and other researchers currently in training positions are eligible for these awards.
  • Disciplines: Applicants from the full spectrum of immunology-related disciplines, including clinical research, biochemistry, molecular biology, protein engineering, computer science, artificial intelligence/machine learning, biophysics, environmental health, nanotechnology, etc., are encouraged to apply.
  • Deadline: June 26, 2022.
  • More Information: Click here.

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