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 and excellence in science teaching.
These awards are presented at a black-tie dinner in the Great Hall of Parliament House in Canberra.
The Australian Government created two new awards in 2015 and 2016 - The Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation and the Prize for New Innovators respectively. These two innovation prizes celebrates achievements in Australian commercialisation through innovative translational of scientific research that has had substantial beneficial economic, social and/ or environmental impacts. These prizes will promote building better links between universities, researchers and industry and encourage entrepreneurial spirit in our business and research communities.
The Prizes are a tribute and inspire a sense of national pride by recognising the achievements and success of Australian scientists and innovators to both Australia and internationally; as well as the critical role science educators play in inspiring and encouraging students to take an interest in science and consider science as a career.
The two innovation prizes celebrates success in Australian commercialisation through innovative translational of scientific research. These prizes will promote building better links between universities, researchers and industry and encourage entrepreneurial spirit in our business and research communities.
Nominating for the prizes
Nominators should read the relevant guidelines for their chosen prize and submit their nomination online. Further information, including the guidelines and the nomination form, can be found at www.business.gov.au/scienceprizes.
Nominations will close at 5.00pm AEST on Wednesday 12 April 2017.
Seven prizes are awarded annually to Australian citizens or permanent residents recognising the contributions that our scientists, innovators and science teachers are making to Australia’s current and future scientific capabilities.
About the medallions and lapel pins
The medallions and lapel pins for the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science were designed and manufactured by internationally renowned designer and engraver Wojciech Pietranik from the Royal Australian Mint.
Each medallion is presented in an Australian Jarrah crafted wood case.
We would like to acknowledge and thank our media partners, Australia's Science Channel and Cosmos for their generous support.
RiAus is Australia’s national science channel, promoting public awareness and understanding of science. At RiAus we make science fun, inspiring and accessible for all Australians. RiAus produces thought-provoking and entertaining events, broadcasts and publications as well as education and teacher support programs. RiAus – discover the wonders of science.
Cosmos is a leading literary science magazine, published in Australia but with a global reach. It makes the world of science accessible to everyone.
At Cosmos, we aim to deliver the latest in science with beautiful pictures, clear explanations of the latest discoveries and breakthroughs and great writing.
Winner of 47 awards for high-quality journalism and design, Cosmos is a print magazine, online digital edition updated daily, a daily and weekly e-Newsletter and educational resource with custom, curriculum-mapped lessons for years 7 to 10.