Eureka Prizes

Promoting Understanding of Australian Science Research

The Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Australian Science Research is sponsored by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

 

 

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Australian Science Research is awarded to a research scientist who has effectively communicated their research outcomes to the public within the last two years.

PRIZE

$10,000

PURPOSE

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Australian Science Research is designed to encourage the efforts of individual scientists who communicate their contemporary work and/or field of scientific expertise to the general public thereby encouraging community appreciation of the contribution that Australian science makes to our everyday lives.

The prize is intended to recognise and promote the efforts of scientists who actively engage with the public to communicate their research to a broad range of audiences in understandable, diverse and engaging ways, through mediums such as personal public presentations, popular writing and/or via the mass media.

The Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Australian Science Research is sponsored by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science through the Inspiring Australia programme under the National Innovation and Science Agenda's Inspiring a nation of scientists initiative. This programme provides Australian Government funding towards a national strategy for engaging with the sciences, which aims to build a strong, open relationship between science and society, underpinned by effective communication of science and its benefits.

To fully realise the social, economic and environmental benefits of our significant investment in science and research, we must communicate and engage the wider community in science. See Inspiring Australia - A national strategy for engagement with the sciences. 

JUDGING CRITERIA

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

1 Innovation
In what ways is the way you communicate your scientific research to the public innovative?
To what extent does it break new ground in the communication of science?

2 Impact and effectiveness 
How have your communication activities increased the Australian community's appreciation of the value of Australian scientific research?
How have your communication activities enhanced the public's ability to assimilate information on Australian science and scientific issues in an informed and accurate manner?

PRIZE SPECIFIC CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

This prize is only open to individual research scientists working in scientific research institutes, companies or universities. Entries consisting of more than one individual are ineligible.

Activity entered for this prize must have been undertaken no more than two (2) 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), by an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

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 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.

GENERAL CONDITIONS OF ENTRY - SCIENCE COMMUNICATION PRIZES

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 Department of Industry, Innovation and Science 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 the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science 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) format] containing the following information: 

a. Activity summary: a brief description of the activity 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 (maximum two pages)

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). 

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.