Applications for this award are now closed

This Grant commemorates Professor Rob Pierce who was tragically killed whilst defending his home in St Andrews, Victoria during the Black Saturday bushfire in February 2009.

The purpose of this annual Grant in Aid, which was first awarded in 2009, is to facilitate a project in the field of sleep research for a new investigator who is a member of ASA or ANZSSA. Applicants should be training in sleep research or a clinical sleep discipline. Applicants must have completed and submitted their PhD thesis or equivalent and be less than 5 years postdoctoral from PhD award date at the time of the application deadline. The grant could be used as seed funding for a project, to collect pilot data or for equipment, and should be completed within 12 months of the Award. It should not be used for travel. The work must be undertaken in Australia or New Zealand.

The maximum amount awarded for each project is $AUD10,000. 

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Application Process and Requirements

All applications must be submitted online. 
Applicants can use the Rob Pierce Grant in Aid  award template to prepare their application before submitting online. 

In addition to completing the online application, you will need to submit a copy of your CV (you must use the CV template provided. Download and a completed and signed proof of early career status form. Both documents will need to be in PDF format

Only full applications with all requested materials submitted prior to the closing date will be considered.

Award Recipients

2023: Madeline Sprajcer
2022: Julia Chapman
2021: Marnie Graco
not awarded
Alexander Powell Wolkow
 Grace Vincent
2017: Amy Reynolds
2016: Yu Sun Bin
2015: Bei Bei
2014: Jayne Carberry
2013: Michelle Short
2012: Sarah Biggs
2011: Danny Eckert
2010: Mark Kohler
2009: Christian Nicholas