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National Measurement Institute awards

The Barry Inglis Medal and NMI Prize are annual awards presented by the National Measurement Institute (NMI). 

The awards recognise outstanding measurement-related achievements in Australia or by Australians.

The Barry Inglis Medal is named after Dr Barry Inglis, the NMI’s first CEO and Chief Metrologist and is intended for professionals with a sustained record of achievement.

The NMI Prize is intended for early to mid-career professionals.

Each recipient receives $2,000 in prize money and a trophy.

Up to 6 applicants, including the award winners, are invited to give a presentation at a special public National Science Week event.

Applicants presenting at the National Science Week event will be eligible for a People’s Choice Award. This winner receives $500 in prize money and is chosen on the basis of audience response.

Applications are now open for 2022.

Application process

Individuals or groups who have made one or more significant measurement-related achievements can apply for the awards.

These achievements can be in any scientific or technical field, as long as the measurement of something tangible is central to the achievement.

Examples could include:

  • designing a new measurement method
  • improving our understanding of measurement science
  • applying measurements in a new way to address an industry challenge or societal concern.

Applications should be based on an activity conducted in Australia or for which the primary applicant is an Australian citizen. 

The NMI Prize is intended for early to mid-career professionals. Applicants should be aged 35 years or under at the date applications close.

Employees of NMI and their immediate family members cannot be included in an application for these awards.

Shortlisted applicants

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted once applications have closed. These applicants will then have an in-depth phone discussion via with a panel member.

Following the discussion, the panel may request an applicant nominated referee for additional input. The referee should be an individual with a professional connection to the applicant. The referee will need to talk to the work described in the application. They will need to comment on how it addresses the award assessment criteria.

Assessment criteria

Applications will be assessed by a panel against the following equally weighted criteria:

  • degree and significance of impact, for example, whether the achievement had a local, national or international effect
  • benefit to Australia, in particular Australian science, Australian industry or the Australian community
  • scientific or technical novelty.

The NMI Prize and Barry Inglis Medal may not be awarded in years where no applications of sufficient quality are received.

Previous Winners

Barry Inglis Medal

  • 2021     Joseph Berry
  • 2020    Warwick Bowen
  • 2019    Wojciech Chrzanowski
  • 2018    Derek Abbott
  • 2017    Andre Luiten
  • 2016    Mike McLaughlin
  • 2015    Graham Jones
  • 2014    Bruce Forgan
  • 2013    Not awarded
  • 2012    Not awarded
  • 2011    Philip NH Nakashima
  • 2010    Ken Baldwin
  • 2009    Michael E Tobar
  • 2008    John E Sader

The NMI Prize

  • 2021    Not awarded
  • 2020    Renée Webster
  • 2019    Maxim Goryachev 
  • 2018    Arman Siahvashi, Michael Vanner
  • 2017    Not awarded
  • 2016    Suelynn Choy
  • 2015    Alessandro Rossi
  • 2014    Douglas Little
  • 2013    Daniel Creedon
  • 2012    Sharath Sriram
  • 2011    Michael J Biercuk
  • 2010    Not awarded
  • 2009    Eric F May
  • 2008    Paul L Stanwix

The People’s Choice Award is being offered for the first time in 2022.

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Last updated: 11 April 2022

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