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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.

There are 7 prizes:

  • Prime Minister’s Prize for Science
  • Prime Minister's Prize for Innovation
  • Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year
  • Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year
  • Prize for New Innovators
  • Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools
  • Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools

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 teaching prizes recognise excellence in teaching science, mathematics or technology.

Each prize 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.

Eligibility and nominations

We encourage nominations for candidates from groups under-represented in science, such as women and Indigenous Australians.

Nominate someone or view the eligibility requirements on business.gov.au

Prize recipients

The prizes are awarded annually:

Previous prize recipients

View previous prize recipients on Pandora: Australia’s Web Archive:

  • Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science 2012
  • Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science 2011
  • Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science 2010
  • Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science 2009
  • Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science 2008
  • Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science 2007
  • Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science 2006
  • Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science 2005
  • Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science 2004
  • Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science 2003
  • Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science 2002
  • Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science 2001
  • Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science 2000
  • Australia Prizes 1990-1999

Acknowledgements

Thank you to our media partners Australia's Science Channel and Cosmos for their generous support.

Contact us

Email pmprize@industry.gov.au

Last updated: 19 October 2018

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