Nominations are now open for this year’s Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science, which recognises Australia’s top scientists, innovators and science teachers.
Nominations close on 12 March, with $750,000 in prize money to be distributed across seven categories.
The main prizes for Science and Innovation are each worth $250,000. Five other prizes of $50,000 each recognise early to mid-career researchers, innovators working towards commercialising their research and science teachers – in both primary and secondary schools.
Previous recipients include Emeritus Professor Kurt Lambeck, awarded the $250,000 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science last year for his work, and Dr Lee Berger who took out the $50,000 Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year.
Announcing the opening of nominations, federal science and industry minster Karen Andrews said that the government recognised the importance of science and technology as key drivers of Australia’s economy, and the jobs of the future.
“That’s why we invested $2.4 billion in Australia’s research, science and technology capabilities in last year’s budget, underscored by a $1.9 billion investment to update our National Research Infrastructure – ensuring our ongoing strength in these sectors generates more jobs and higher living standards for all Australians,” she said.
To nominate someone, the nominating person will need to hold a professional qualification in a similar field as the nominee. They must also secure the agreement of their nominee along with their CV, and submit 500 words on why they deserve a prize.