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The Australian National Fabrication Facility is now accepting applications for the 2023 Frater Awards.

The Frater Awards are an annual professional development award given to exceptional ANFF staff to foster technical and professional growth via national or international activities. The awards are named in honour of Dr Robert Frater AO, ANFF’s first chairman, who keenly supported the development of young researchers throughout his most distinguished career in advanced microelectronics and as CSIRO Deputy CEO.

Dr Robert Frater AO
2022 Award Winners. Front row (l to r): Ethel Ilagan (NSW), Elle Gardner (QLD), Tatiana Pinedo (VIC), Yang Lim (VIC), Hemayet Uddin (VIC), Chris Fell (ANFF Board Chair 2022), Jane Fitzpatrick (ANFF CEO). Back row (l to r): Matthew Wright (Frater Awards Administrator), Vahid Adineh (VIC), Navin Chandrasekaran (HQ), Johnson Chung (Materials), Anders Barlow (VIC)

Staff are encouraged to apply for a 2023 Frater award. Team applications will also be considered, including those that are multi-node or multi-hub.

Application Form and guidelines:

Application Form ANFF Frater Award 2023

Frater Award Guidelines for funding 2023

The closing date for applications is 22 September 2023. The awards will be announced live at the ANFF Annual Forum Gala Dinner on 17 October 2023.

If you have any questions, please direct them to ANFF Administration Manager Matthew Wright via or via 03 9902 9619.

Hear from the winners of the 2021 Frater Awards in this YouTube video: