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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.
The work of researchers, innovators and teachers often shape Australian society and improve lives. You can show someone you value their contribution by nominating them for a prize.
We encourage nominations of all eligible scientists, innovators and teachers including from groups under-represented in these fields such as women and Indigenous Australians.
We are working to ensure it’s easier than ever to nominate the people you want to see winning prizes, and that they are considered fairly.
Prizes for research:
Prizes for innovation:
Prizes for science, mathematics or technology teaching:
The Frank Fenner, Malcom McIntosh and New Innovators prizes are awarded for 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 recipient is awarded with prize money, a medallion with a lapel pin and an award certificate. The medallions are designed by internationally renowned artist, Wojciech Pietranik from the Royal Australian Mint.
The prizes are awarded annually:
View previous prize recipients on Pandora: Australia’s Web Archive:
Australia’s National Science Statement sets a long-term approach to achieving a strong science system.
Last updated: 17 January 2019
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