The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science are 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 undertaken in their field.
About the prizes
Prizes for research:
- Prime Minister’s Prize for Science
- Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year
- Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year
Prizes for innovation:
- Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation
- Prize for New Innovators
Prizes for science, mathematics or technology teaching:
- Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools
- Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools
The Frank Fenner, Malcom McIntosh and New Innovators prizes reward early-career achievements made within 10 years (full time or full time equivalent) of completing relevant studies. The New Innovators prize rewards steps towards translating research into a commercially available product.
Each recipient receives prize money, a medallion with a lapel pin and an award certificate. Internationally renowned artist, Wojciech Pietranik from the Royal Australian Mint, designed the medallions.
The 2020 awardees will be announced later this year.