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Prime Minister's Prizes for Science

The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science are Australia’s most prestigious awards for outstanding achievements in scientific research, research-based innovation, and excellence in science teaching.

The prizes recognise achievements across diverse disciplines and career stages. Recipients share $750 000 in prize money, and have the opportunity to showcase important work undertaken in their field.

2021 Prime Minister's Prizes for Science online event

The 2021 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science will be presented via an online event, streamed on this webpage on 3 November from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Read more about the online event.

Highlights from the 2020 Prime Minister's Prizes for Science

Watch the highlights from the 2020 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science online event.

View the video transcript

Past recipients

The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science have been awarded annually since 2000.

Categories

Prizes for research:

  • Prime Minister’s Prize for Science ($250 000)
  • Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year ($50 000)
  • Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year ($50 000).

Prizes for innovation:

  • Prime Minister's Prize for Innovation ($250 000)
  • Prize for New Innovators ($50 000).

Prizes for science, mathematics or technology teaching:

  • Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools ($50 000)
  • Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools ($50 000).

The Frank Fenner, Malcom McIntosh and New Innovators prizes reward early-career achievements made within 10 years (full time or full time equivalent) of completing relevant studies. The New Innovators prize rewards steps towards translating research into a commercially available product.

Each prize recipient receives a medallion, lapel pin, prize money and an award certificate. The medallions were designed by internationally renowned artist Wojciech Pietranik and produced by the Royal Australian Mint.

Nominations

We encourage nominations of eligible scientists, innovators and teachers, including from under-represented groups such as women and Indigenous Australians.

Connect with us

  • Get the latest news about the 2021 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science, including real-time updates on recipients as they are announced, on Twitter @ScienceGovAu, Facebook (@IndustryGovAu) and LinkedIn (/department-of-industry).
  • You can also boost the conversation online by using the hashtag #pmprizes.

Contact us

Email pmprizes [at] industry.gov.au

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Last updated: 11 October 2021

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