Make sure great Australian science, innovation and teaching is recognised

Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science

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Each year the Australian Government honours Australia’s best scientists, innovators, and science teachers through the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science.

But we need your help to find the humble science heroes, promising early-career researchers, media-shy innovators, and modest teachers who deserve to have their work recognised on a national stage.

We’re looking for:

  • Heroes of Australian science who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of knowledge through science—people like Rick Shine, Graham Farquhar, and Ingrid Scheffer—for the $250 000 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science.
  • Exceptional innovators from both industry and research who have translated scientific knowledge into substantial commercial impact—like Michael Aitken, Colin Hall, Graeme Jameson, Ian Frazer and John O’Sullivan—for the $250 000 Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation.
  • Early to mid-career scientists whose research is already making, and will continue to have, an impact on our lives—like Kerrie Wilson, Jane Elith, Ryan Lister, Andrea Morello, Angela Moles, Matthew Hill and Tanya Monro—for the $50 000 Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year and the $50 000 Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year.
  • Promising early to mid-career innovators from science and industry—like Colin Hall—who have enhanced our economy, translating scientific knowledge into a substantial commercial impact for the $50 000 Prize for New Innovators.
  • Two inspiring teachers—one primary and one secondary—who are dedicated to effective and innovative science teaching for the two $50 000 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Excellence in Science Teaching.

It’s simple to nominate in the first (shortlisting) stage, with an online form. If a nomination is shortlisted, further material will be required in the final stage.

Nominations close at 5.00 pm Canberra time, Wednesday 12 April 2017

For nomination guidelines and online forms: or contact 13 28 46

For info about past recipients:


Here what past recipients have to say about their experience:

I’ve lost count of the number of media interviews I’ve done as a result of winning the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science. Winning the prize helped raise the public profile of my work, and has led to significant extra support and funding–most recently from the NSW Government.

Rick Shine 2016 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science

ingridAs a result of winning the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science I am now a sought-after speaker about science, women in science and medicine and careers as a clinician-scientist around Australia and internationally.

Ingrid Scheffer 2014 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science (with Sam Berkovic)

_y4a2486The experience was inspiring and motivating, making me to want to go on and do more for science education.

Gary Tilley 2016 Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools 

angelamolesPM_Credit UNSWPeter MorrisWinning this award is the single best thing that has happened in my career, and it clinched the success of my application for promotion to Professor. There’s also a certain peace-of-mind associated with knowing that your head of school, dean, and even people in the Australian Research Council and Australian Academy of Science know who you are, what you do, and are pleased with what you are doing.

Angela Moles 2013 Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year