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The NMI Prize

The NMI Prize is an annual award recognising outstanding achievement in measurement research and excellence in practical measurements by a young person in Australia.

Measurement has direct applications in science and technology, underpinning decisions in economics and politics and is often a foundation for innovation. We encourage nominations from people from diverse backgrounds and from any field. Each winner receives $2 000 in prize money and a trophy.


  • Opening date for nominations: 24 February 2021, 9am AEDT
  • Closing date for nominations:14 April 2021, 5pm AEST
  • We announce the winner on 20 May 2021, World Metrology Day

Assessment criteria

We encourage nominations by individuals under the age of 35 who have made a significant contribution to the science of measurement. This contribution can be either as an individual or as a member of a group.

Excellence in measurement may include:

Novel applications of measurement techniques to solve industrial ‘challenges’

This could mean working collaboratively with industry and researchers from a diverse range of fields. This could include: 

  • chemistry
  • biology
  • computer science
  • life sciences
  • disciplines traditionally associated with measurement, such as physics and engineering

Research in measurement techniques

This could include research and its applications in measurement methodology and instrumentation, including to improve the uncertainty of measurement.

Leadership role in measurement fields

This could include leadership at either national, regional or international levels in any discipline or activity that involved the use of measurement science. Your application should include a peer-assessed acknowledgement of you contributed to measurement activities.

How to nominate

Email the completed nomination form and supporting information to by 5pm AEST, 14 April 2021.

Download the Nomination form [2.0MB DOCX]

Include this supporting information:

  • a brief description (2 pages maximum) of the activity including its aims, objectives and results to date  
  • a brief explanation (2 pages maximum) of how the activity represents excellence in measurement by addressing the eligibility criteria 
  • a maximum of 3 independent assessments from people familiar with the nomination, commenting on how the submission represents excellence in measurement. They will need to address the assessment criteria (see above) in 1 page. The Award judges will rely on independent assessments to provide depth and perspective on the nomination. 

Eligibility criteria

  1. You must be an Australian citizen or the activity your nomination is based on was conducted in Australia.
  2. You must be 35 years of age or younger at the time of the closing date.
  3. If you are part of a group, the principal investigator responsible for the activity must be Australian or the activity must have been conducted in Australia.
  4. Employees of NMI and their immediate family members are not eligible to be nominated for this award.

Terms and conditions

  1. We may use any information in your nomination for publicity/promotional purposes.
  2. You must be willing to travel and attend a presentation ceremony to accept the award. The ceremony may be on World Metrology day (20 May) or another date that will be confirmed. Travel within Australia and associated costs will be paid by NMI.
  3. Posthumous awarding of the prize will only be made under exceptional circumstances.

Honour roll

We are proud to recognise the outstanding contributions the following recipients have made to the field of measurement.

  • 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

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Last updated: 24 February 2021

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