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14 Mar 2018

The Federal Government has opened nominations for the 2018 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science, and this year there are some changes.

Every year the Government honours Australia’s best scientists, innovators and science teachers through the awards.

Prize winners are applauded as positive role models to all Australians. Nominations are sought from inspiring women and men across all categories.

What the judges will be looking for this year are:

  • Leading Australian scientistswho have made a significant contribution to the advancement of knowledge through science—for the $250,000 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science;
  • Exceptional innovators from both industry and researchwho have translated scientific knowledge into substantial commercial impact—for the $250,000 Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation;
  • Early to mid-career scientistswhose research is already making, and will continue to have, an impact on our lives—for the $50,000 Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year and $50,000 Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year;
  • Promising early to mid-career innovators from industry and researchwhose work has the potential to enhance our economy through the translation of scientific knowledge into a substantial commercial impact—for the $50,000 Prize for New Innovators; and
  • Inspiring science, mathematics and technology teachers who are dedicated to innovative teaching and inspiring the next generation—for the $50,000 Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching (Primary and Secondary).

The guidelines for the prizes have been updated for 2018 and can be reviewed, along with the latest information and nomination forms, at: or phone 13 28 46.

Read about past winners at

Nominations are open until 5pm (AEDT) 26 March 2018.


Published: 14 Mar 2018