The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science

Date/Deadline: 09 Feb, 2023

The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science – Science Prizes award Australian scientists and innovators with prizes to recognise outstanding achievements in science and research-based innovation.

What do you get?

There are 5 Science Prizes ranging between $50,000 and $250,000.

Who is this for?

Australian scientists and innovators, whose achievements benefit Australia and the rest of the world.

The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science are Australia’s most prestigious and highly regarded awards for outstanding achievements in:

  • scientific research
  • research-based innovation
  • excellence in science teaching

The prizes will award up to $750,000 each year for outstanding achievements.

The Science Prizes recognise the achievements and success of Australian scientists and innovators, and benefits to both Australia and the rest of the world.

They welcome nominations of diverse candidates and those from a different range of backgrounds and geographical regions.

There are 5 science prizes for science and innovation:

  1. Prime Minister’s Prize for Science ($250,000)
  2. Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation ($250,000)
  3. Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year ($50,000)
  4. Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year ($50,000)
  5. Prize for New Innovators ($50,000)

Each prize recipient receives a medallion, lapel pin, prize money as described above and an award certificate.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a Science Prize, a nominee must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia (nominees currently living or studying overseas are not precluded from being nominated)
  • not be self-nominated
  • not be nominated in more than one prize category. Where a nominee is nominated in more than one category, the department will ask the nominee to select a single nomination to pursue.
  • meet the specific eligibility criteria for the nominated prize

Prize nominees do not need to be a member of a professional association or have received any prior award to be eligible.

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