Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science

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 in their field.

The Prime Minister's Prizes for Science

Prime Minister's Prizes for Science 2022

The 2022 prize recipients was announced by the Prime Minister and the Minister for Industry and Science on Monday 21 November 2022.

Read about the event highlights.

Past recipients

Nov 2021 Department of Industry, Science and Resources

Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science 2021

The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science recognise the contributions our scientists, innovators and science teachers make to Australia's scientific and commercialisation capabilities.
Oct 2020 Department of Industry, Science and Resources

Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science 2020

The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science recognise the contributions our scientists, innovators and science teachers make to Australia's scientific and commercialisation capabilities. See PM Prizes awarded in 2020.
PM’s Prizes for Science

Prime Minister's Prizes for Science honour roll

Find past recipients of Australia's most prestigious awards for outstanding achievements in scientific research and research-based innovation and excellence in science teaching.

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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 Prize, Malcolm McIntosh Prize and Prize for New Innovators are awarded for achievements made within 10 years (full time or full time equivalent) of completing relevant studies.

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

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2023 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science nominations

Nominations are open for the 2023 Prime Minister's Prize for Science. Nominations are made by peers in the science, innovation and teaching communities. By nominating someone for a prize, you acknowledge their outstanding work and contribution to science.

Nominations close Thursday 9 February 2023 5:00pm AEDT.
Prime Minister's Prizes for Science 2023

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The Australian science and science teaching community have come together in Canberra to celebrate the contributions of the country’s leading scientists, innovators and science teachers.…
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