Eureka Prizes

Innovative Use of Technology

The Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology is sponsored by ANSTO.

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The ANSTO Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology is awarded to an Australian individual, team or organisation that has used new or existing technology in an innovative way to significantly improve the outcome of their research.




Technology has the potential to significantly improve our daily lives, increase our standard of living and help solve today's key challenges in energy, health, information and communication, materials and our environment.

The innovative application of technology facilitates new insights and a new way of viewing a problem that can lead to significant scientific breakthroughs.

The ANSTO Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology is rewarding the innovative application of technology in Australia that is having, or has the potential to have, positive public impact. The prize is not limited to nuclear technology.

ANSTO is at the forefront of applying nuclear technology or techniques to a diverse range of scientific problems including providing innovation for industry, supporting human health, understanding our environment, and researching the nuclear fuel cycle.


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

1 Originality and innovation
The winner will demonstrate an innovative use of technology. A theoretical idea for innovative use of technology is insufficient. The entry must clearly outline what technologies have been used, how they have been used and how this application improved the overall outcome of their research.

2 Public impact
The winner will be able to demonstrate the actual or potential benefit to the overall research project with as much evidence as possible.

3 Potential for further applications
The winner will be able to demonstrate how this innovative use of technology may influence Australian and global research. How can this application be applied to solve other problems?


This prize is open to individuals, teams of up to six (6) people and organisations.

Activity entered for this prize must have been undertaken no more than three (3) years prior to the closing date of entries.

Activity entered for this prize must have been published, or accepted for publication, in one or more internationally respected, externally-refereed scientific journal(s), book(s) or equivalent electronic publication(s).


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 (electronic signature is acceptable), and include name, position and full 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 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 ANSTO 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 ANSTO, however such use will only be in connection with the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.

The winner of the ANSTO Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology is required to use the full title of this Eureka Prize in all public communication.

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.


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/research 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 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 had 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