Eureka Prizes

Environmental Research

The Eureka Prize for Environmental Research is sponsored by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

NSW Government Office of Environment & Heritage

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Eureka Prize for Environmental Research is awarded to an individual or team for an outstanding research project in any field of the biological, physical, mathematical or biomedical sciences leading to the resolution of an environmental problem, including a challenge posed by climate change, or the management or protection of Australia's environment.

PRIZE

$10,000

PURPOSE

Australia is facing significant issues arising from unprecedented demands being placed on the environment. Scientific research has a critical role to play in solving and helping to manage these environmental problems; it highlights environmental issues, offers solutions to problems and illuminates opportunities to make practical improvements in how we manage and protect Australia's natural environment.

Scientific evidence and knowledge is essential for supporting the community to protect and enjoy a healthy environment and economy.

The Science Division of the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage (OEH) provides data, research and expertise that enables credible decision-making to ensure a healthy future for NSW and its environment. OEH enhances their rich knowledge base through research collaborations with universities and scientific organisations, to deliver evidence for environmental management, planning and regulation in NSW.

JUDGING CRITERIA

Entries should specifically address how the work entered meets the following judging criteria:

1 Outstanding science and innovation in theory or practice
- the extent to which the scientific research contributes original thinking or new insights to the management or protection of Australia's environment
- the extent to which the work has developed or extended scientific techniques or methods not normally used
- scientific research that has identified new and emerging environmental issues or has offered a new perspective, or a substantial advance in understanding current problems

2 Practical relevance and benefits
- evidence that the scientific research has the potential to change the way people, organisations or institutions act or think
- evidence that this scientific research led, or is likely to lead, to a practical improvement in the management or protection of Australia's environment

PRIZE SPECIFIC CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

The prize is open to individuals and teams.

Activity entered must have been undertaken as a single research project, which for the purposes of this prize is defined as a planned set of interrelated tasks executed over a fixed period of time, within certain cost and other limitations.

Activity entered for this prize (such as data collection and/or research published) must have been undertaken no more than five (5) years prior to the closing date of entries.

Activity entered for this prize must have been published in one or more internationally respected, externally-refereed scientific journal(s), book(s) or equivalent electronic publication(s) in the five (5) years prior to the closing date of entry.

GENERAL CONDITIONS OF ENTRY — RESEARCH & INNOVATION PRIZES

Entrants can either enter themselves or be nominated by others. If an entrant is nominated it is important they have the opportunity to provide input to the documentation in support of their nomination.

Activity entered for this prize must have been undertaken in Australia or its territories (as defined by the Australian Government).

For a team entry, the team leader must be either a) an Australian citizen, b) an Australian permanent resident, or c) a New Zealand citizen who was resident in Australia, at the time the research entered was undertaken. Members of the team do not have to fulfil these requirements, however, they must have resided predominantly in Australia at the time the activity entered was undertaken. For an entry that is not a team, all entrants must be a) Australian citizens, b) Australian permanent residents or c) New Zealand citizens residing in Australia, at the time the activity entered was undertaken.

To be eligible, entries must contain at least two (2) Assessor reports. Assessor reports should be signed and dated by the assessor and include name, position and contact details (phone, email and postal address) of the assessor (a letterhead including these details is sufficient). Please ask the assessor the hand sign the letter, then scan and email it to you for inclusion in your single entry document. NOTE: Judges rely on Assessor reports to provide additional perspective and informed opinion on entries. Therefore, Assessors should not be personally or directly involved in the activity entered in this prize.

Entry forms must be submitted online and include one attachment containing all supporting documentation by 7pm AEST Friday 4 May 2018. Any entries received after 7pm AEST Friday 4 May 2018 will not be eligible for consideration. Entries with incomplete sets of supporting documentation, as per the 'How to Enter' section, will not be considered. Submitted material will not be returned. Hard-copy applications will not be considered.

The activity entered/nominated for this prize may not be entered/nominated for another Australian Museum Eureka Prize in the same year.

A project which has been awarded an Australian Museum Eureka Prize in the past cannot be entered again. Non-winning finalist activity is eligible for re-entry, so long as it meets all other conditions of entry. 

The deliberations of the judging panel remain confidential. All recommendations and decisions taken are binding and final and no correspondence will be entered into on such matters.

The judges reserve the right not to award the prize if, in their view, the quality of entries is insufficiently meritorious.

Finalists will be asked to provide photos and a film outlining the work nominated for promotional purposes.

Information provided by the entrant(s) in relation to the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes (including photos and films), may be used by the Australian Museum and/or the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage for promotional/publicity purposes. This may include, and is not restricted to, the information being used on websites, social media, printed material, advertisements, press releases etc. Entrants may also be asked to be involved in additional promotional activities.

Personal information provided to the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes can be used by the Australian Museum and NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, however such use will only be in connection with the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.

No entries will be received or considered after the close of entries. If you experience issues in uploading your entry or have concerns about what has been uploaded, you must contact the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes on (02) 9320 6230 or eureka@austmus.gov.au before the close of entries. The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes cannot modify or add to an entry (including Assessor reports) after the close of entries.

Failure to meet all conditions of entry will automatically disqualify an entry.

HOW TO ENTER

1 Prepare a single document [Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf)] containing the following information: 

a. Research summary: a brief description of the research entered, including objectives and results to date (two page maximum)

b. Judging criteria: a brief description of how the entrant's activity addresses each of the judging criteria (two page maximum)

c. CV: curriculum vitae of entrant(s) (maximum two pages per CV)

d. Assessor reports: a minimum of two (2) and a maximum of four (4) written reports addressing each of the judging criteria from Assessors who are familiar with the entered research (two page maximum per report) 

e. Publication: include a copy of one (1) article about the research published within the past five (5) years in an internally respected, externally-refereed scientific journal, book, or equivalent publication.

NOTE: Entries with incomplete sets of supporting information will not be considered, and judges will only consider what has been provided within the parameters (e.g. two page maximum for each). 

2 Submit an online entry form including uploading your supporting document by 7pm AEST Friday 4 May 2018.

When you have successfully uploaded your entry you will receive confirmation via email. If you do not receive confirmation, or if you require further information or assistance, contact the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes on (02) 9320 6230 or email eureka@austmus.gov.au.

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