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The Brian Smith Memorial Award was established in perpetuity in memory of Brian William Smith (1939-1990). Brian Smith was a leading Melbourne surgeon, whose main surgical interest was disease of the colon and rectum.

Applications are invited for funding in FY2024 towards research and surgical training in the area of colorectal disease.

Award Objectives:

Up to $40,000 is available to enhance the surgical skills and knowledge of researchers and practitioners with a special interest in colonoscopy, colonic cancer and the applied anatomy, physiology or pathology of the colon or rectum.

More than one award may be made within that total amount. Preference will be given to Applications that would be-fully funded by this award or where any necessary co-funding is already secured.

Overseas travel and equipment can be funded as part of the Award.


The Brian Smith Memorial Award can only accept applications from researchers / practitioners employed by a charitable organisation with DGR1 endorsement.

Applications will be evaluated by a committee consisting of medical professionals practicing and skilled in the areas of colonoscopy, colonic cancer and related areas along with a representative of the Benefactor.

Grant round open 19 February 2024 and closes 1 May 2024


Grants will be announced June 2024


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