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The Custom Science NZSBMB Award





This is our premier prize for research excellence, and it is open to all New Zealand based members of the New Zealand Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of at least one year's standing.


The award consists of a $1,000 cash prize, registration and airfares to attend the year's annual NZSBMB conference, and a $2,000 travel grant to attend a conference of the winner's choosing.


The award is made on the basis of work published during the three years preceding the award, judged on nominations or applications in the form of a portfolio of published papers accompanied by a CV of the applicant. The CV should use the standard Marsden/HRC template (available here). The contribution of the applicant to each of their nominated papers should be noted.


We encourage nominations of colleagues considered worthy, but please check with the nominee first. Direct applications by people on their own behalf are also welcome.

A condition of the prize is that the winner will attend the annual NZSBMB conference, in order to present the Custom Science NZSBMB Award lecture. In 2018, this will be the joint meeting of NZSBMB and the New Zealand Microbiological Society, taking place in Dunedin, in November. The other obligation is that the recipient will write an article based on the lecture for the NZSBMB newsletter, Southern Blot.

Applications/nominations for the 2018 award will be called for in mid-2018.


A list of past winners can be downloaded here (Word document, 72 kB). Our records are incomplete, particularly through the 1990s. If you can help fill any of the gaps, please email the webmaster (Dr Wayne Patrick: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).






NZSBMB Travel Awards


NZSBMB is committed to supporting early career researchers through the award of conference travel grants. Applications for these awards will be called for in March and September of each year, with the exact deadlines being advised by email.


There are two categories of Travel Award:


Student Travel Award – open to student members of the NZSBMB, supporting travel to any international conference. Awards will usually be up to $750.

Early Career Travel Award, in conjunction with the Biochemical Society (UK) – open to student members, as well as early career researchers (0-3 years post-PhD). These awards are specifically to enable attendance at Harden Conferences or Focused Meetings of the Biochemical Society (UK). Each award will consist of a travel grant from NZSBMB ($1,000), as well as free meeting registration and accommodation (funded by the Biochemical Society).


If you wish to apply for an NZSBMB Travel Award, please download and complete the application form below and then send it electronically to the secretary, Dr. Amy Osborne ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Please also ask your supervisor to send a letter of recommendation.


NZSBMB Travel Award Application