Eureka Prizes

Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia

The Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia is sponsored by Defence Science and Technology (DST).

Australian Government Department of Defense, Science and Technology

The Defence Science and Technology Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia is awarded to an Australian individual, team or organisation for outstanding science or technology that has developed or has the potential to develop innovative solutions for Australia's defence or national security.




Defence Science and Technology (DST) is the Australian Government's lead agency responsible for safeguarding Australia by delivering expert, impartial science and technology advice and innovative solutions for defence and national security.

The increased deployment of Australian troops overseas, the current global security environment, new advances in technology and the ongoing need to minimise costs continue to place pressure on science and technology requirements for defence capability.

DST’s partnerships with industry and academia through strategic alliances and collaborative research programs provides the opportunity to apply advanced science and technology to enhance the effectiveness of Australia's defence and national security effort.

Through this prize, DST aims to recognise outstanding science and technology that will enhance Australia’s defence. This may include both pure and applied research; development of innovative technologies, or novel applications of existing technologies or products that address the challenges of defending Australia and its national interests.


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

1 Innovation
a. In what way is the work outstanding (e.g. developed or extended techniques or methods not normally used; resulted in a paradigm shift)?
b. What are the innovative aspects of the work and/or its results?
c. What new insights have been gained as a result of this work?

2 Relevance
a. What capability challenge in defence and/or national security is addressed by the work?
b. Does the work address current and long-term issues?
c. To what extent does it meet Australia's unique circumstances in defence or national security?

3 Impact
a. How can this work lead to a practical improvement in capability for defence or national security?
b. What wider benefits can be expected as a result of this work on defence or national security (e.g. increased efficiency, improved operational performance, reduced costs)?
c. Does the work lend itself to applications beyond defence and national security?


The 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 five (5) years prior to the closing date of entries.


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 information 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 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 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 Defence Science and Technology 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 Defence Science and Technology, however such use will be only 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 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. 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 paramters (e.g. two page maximum for each).

2 Submit an online entry form 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