Eureka Prizes

Environmental Research

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

Scientific research 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.

JUDGING CRITERIA

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

1 Scientific excellence and innovation in theory or practice
- to what extent does the scientific research contribute original thinking or new insights to the management or protection of Australia's environment?
- to what extent has the work developed or extended scientific techniques or methods not normally used?
- has the scientific research identified new and emerging environmental issues or does it offer a new perspective, or a substantial advance in understanding current problems?

2 Practical relevance and benefits
- does the scientific research have the potential to change the way people, organisations or institutions act or think? If so, how? 
- has 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 for this prize must have been undertaken no more than five (5) years prior to the closing date of entries.

Activity entered must have been undertaken as a single research project.

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 an Australian citizen or permanent resident at the time the research entered was undertaken. Members of the team do not have to be Australian citizens or permanent residents, 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 Australian citizens or permanent residents at the time the activity entered was undertaken.

To be eligible, entries must contain at least one (1) Assessor report. Assessor reports should be signed and dated by the assessor (electronic signature is acceptable), and include name, position and contact details of the assessor (a letterhead including these details is sufficient). 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 6 May 2016. Any entries received after 7pm AEST Friday 6 May 2016 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 6483 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 one (1) 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. Optional publication: You may also include a copy of your work from one externally-refereed scientific 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 6 May 2016.

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 6483 or email eureka@austmus.gov.au.