Prime Minister's Prizes for Science



Nominations for 2016 closed on Thursday 28 April 2016.

The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science are Australia’s most prestigious and highly regarded awards for outstanding achievements in scientific research, research-based innovation and excellence in science teaching.

These awards are presented by the Prime Minister and the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science at a black-tie dinner in the Great Hall.

The Australian Government has created a new award in 2016. The ‘Prize for New Innovators’ will recognise the achievements of early career innovators in the commercialisation of scientific research that has had substantial beneficial economic, social and/ or environmental impacts, within ten years of completing their highest degree.

The Prizes are a tribute and inspire a sense of national pride by recognising the achievements and success of Australian scientists and innovators to both Australia and internationally; as well as the critical role science educators play in inspiring and encouraging students to take an interest in science and consider science as a career.

The two innovation prizes celebrates success in Australian commercialisation through innovative translational of scientific research. These prizes will promote building better links between universities, researchers and industry and encourage entrepreneurial spirit in our business and research communities.

Nominating for the prizes

Nominees should read the relevant guidelines for their chosen prize and submit their nomination online.

Nominations closed at 5.00pm Canberra local time on Thursday 28 April 2016.


Seven prizes are awarded annually to Australian citizens or permanent residents recognising the contributions that our scientists, innovators and science teachers are making to Australia’s current and future scientific capabilities.

About the medallions and lapel pins

The medallions and lapel pins for the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science were designed and manufactured by internationally renowned designer and engraver Wojciech Pietranik from the Royal Australian Mint.

Each medallion is presented in an Australian Jarrah crafted wood case.

Media Partners

We would like to acknowledge and thank our media partner, Australia's Science Channel for their generous support.


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