Eureka Prizes

Innovation in Medical Research

The Eureka Prize for Innovation in Medical Research is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson.

Johnson & Johnson

The Johnson & Johnson Eureka Prize for Innovation in Medical Research is awarded to an individual or team for innovation in medical research that is working toward a healthcare solution that has the potential to change and improve people's lives.




As an organisation which is broadly based across healthcare, Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies is uniquely positioned to support innovative healthcare solutions which reduce the burden of illness for patient and society.

Johnson & Johnson Medical and Janssen believe that innovation is critical to our mission of caring for people and saving lives. We are uniquely positioned to lead the advancement of health care delivery by supporting the development of patient-focused solutions and collaborating to bring innovation to life.

Johnson & Johnson Medical and Janssen embrace innovation through local partnerships and programs that help shape the healthcare industry. Our innovation activities harness the expertise of scientists, industry and community peers, with the strong belief that by working together, we are stronger.


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

1 Describe how the research is innovative, including how the outcomes of this research are likely to demonstrate treatment differentiation for patients from treatments/ products/ programs currently in market or in development

2 Describe the potential impacts and benefits of the outcomes of your research for patients and its potential impact on healthcare delivery

3 Describe the potential for commercialisation of your work, including the IP position, addressable market (including size of addressable market for Australia and worldwide) and potential for regulatory approval and reimbursement

4 Describe the scientific rigour of your research and the nature of research outputs, including evidence that the research has undergone peer-review.


The prize is open to individuals and teams.

Activity entered for this prize must have been undertaken no more than eighteen (18) months prior to the closing date of entry.

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 three (3) years prior to the closing date of entry.

Activity entered for this prize must be covered by a patent or be protected by some other intellectual property rights (e.g. know-how, trade-secrets, copyright etc.)


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 one Assessor report. Assessor reports should be signed and dated by the assessor, 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 5 May 2017. Any entries received after 7pm AEST Friday 5 May 2017 will not be considered. 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 meritorius.

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 Johnson & Johnson Medical and Janssen 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 Eureka Prizes can be used by the Australian Museum and Johnson & Johnson Medical and Janssen, 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 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.


1 Prepare a single document [Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format] 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 and a maximum of four 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 article about the research published in an internationally respected, externally-refereed scientific journal, book or equivalent electronic 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 5 May 2017.

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