Finalist in 2021 InnovationAus Awards for Excellence

UNSW SMaRT Centre and its Director, Professor Veena Sahajwalla, have been shortlisted as a finalist of the inaugural 2021 InnovationAus Awards for Excellence.

SMaRT and Veena have been listed finalists in two categories:

  • The prestigious People’s Choice award, joining a shortlist of 27 of Australia’s most ambitious companies and organisations selected from all the entries to each of the other categories by the distinguished panel of judges. 
  • Research Translation.

For the People Choice award, InnovationAus has for this award category opened it to public voting, which closes 27 September with all category the finalists winners announced 1 December 2021.

Organisers say: 

The category finalists are:

The Research Translation Award is sponsored by CSIRO, the national science agency, which has already helped create more than 100 new companies since 2015, all based on great Australian science.

“It can be a long and lonely road from lab bench to business, but it’s one that more of us need to travel,” said CSIRO chief executive Larry Marshall.

“That’s why it’s so important to celebrate the latest Australian commercialisation success stories in this Research Translation category.

“Australia has a world-class research sector, and I’m looking forward to toasting the winners of this award and many more as CSIRO continues to catalyse, support, and grow Australia’s research translation capability.”

The InnovationAus 2021 Awards for Excellence will be presented at a gala black-tie dinner held on Wednesday, December 1, at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Sydney. You can book your tickets at the Awards website. For further enquiries, please email

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Read about the awards

Award website