Early Career Research Award

About the Early Career Research Award

Launched in 2015, up to three TheMHS Awards for Early Career Research in Mental Health (ECR Awards) are offered. Your ECR entry should reflect one or more of the following:


  • Investigation concerning a novel or very recent development related to Mental Health service delivery in Australia or New Zealand.
  • Included are practices which may be well established in other countries but have not been tested in the Australian/New Zealand environment.
  • There should be elements of originality, inventiveness, uniqueness and freshness.

Best Practice

  • Best Practice will be defined as “a program, activity or strategy that has been shown to work effectively and produce successful outcomes, and is supported to some degree by subjective and objective data sources.”
  • Translational research and Investigation into Best Practices in Mental Health in Australia and/or New Zealand.
  • Research that will improve current treatment, change practices and has an impact on mental health service delivery.
  • Included is research relating to benchmarking or key performance indicators.


  • Research investigations that may underpin or contribute towards the understanding or advancement of mental health knowledge and do not readily fit into the categories of best practice and or innovation.
  • The research will target aspects of mental health other than service provision e.g. a neuroscience investigation.
  • There should be elements of outstanding quality and distinction (at an appropriate ECR level).

Eligibility and Criteria

Please download the Award Information PDF for further information about applying for this category of Award, including, rules, eligibility and entry guidelines.

Key Dates

  • 2024 Award Submissions have closed.
  • The Mental Health Services Awards Ceremony will be held on August 28 at TheMHS Conference in Canberra.