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About the Eureka Prizes

The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are the country’s most comprehensive national science awards, honouring excellence across the areas of research & innovation, leadership, science engagement, and school science.

Presented annually in partnership with some of the nation's leading scientific institutions, government organisations, universities and corporations, the Eureka Prizes raise the profile of science and science engagement in the community by celebrating outstanding achievement.


2019 Eureka Prizes dates

Entries open Friday 1 February

Entries close Friday 3 May

Finalists announced late July (date TBC)

Winners announced Wednesday 28 August


Fast Facts

  • Established in 1990 to reward outstanding achievements in Australian science and science communication.
  • Australia's most comprehensive national science awards.
  • A unique co-operative partnership between government, education and research institutions, private sector companies, organisations and individuals.
  • Each prize is judged by a panel of eminent and qualified individuals, whose contribution of expertise and time helps support the credibility of the Eureka Prizes.
  • The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes culminates in a gala Award Dinner, which celebrates and rewards Australian science.
  • The 2018 Award Dinner was attended by 570 guests, with MCs Tracey Holmes and Adam Spencer.
  • In 2019, 16 prizes will be awarded across four categories - Research & Innovation, Leadership, Science Engagement and School Science.

Frequently asked questions

Citizenship and residency

  • Do I have to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident?
    See each prize page for applicable conditions of entry.

Entries

  • Is there an entry fee?
    No. The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are free to enter.
  • Can I nominate myself for a Eureka Prize?
    Yes, self-nomination is an acceptable way to enter the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.
  • Can I get an extension to submit my work after the closing date?
    Under no circumstances will an extension of the closing date be granted. No entries will be accepted after this time, and no further correspondence will be entered into. We must strictly adhere to this policy to be fair and transparent to everyone who enters a Eureka Prize. Sorry, but we can't be talked around on this one - whether you are a 6 year old school student, or a distinguished scientist - the answer will always be no!
  • How do I address a break or interruption from my career?
    For prizes that are conditional on date of PhD award, consideration may be taken for career interruption (such as pregnancy; major illness; or carer responsibilities). See each prize page for applicable conditions of entry.
  • Does it matter if I exceed the page limits?
    Yes. Judges will only consider what has been provided within the parameters (e.g. two page maximum).
  • Will you return the supporting materials accompanying my entry following the judging?
    Unfortunately, we are not able to return any of the material submitted with your entry.
  • Can I submit the same work for different prizes?
    No. The activity entered/nominated for a prize may not be entered/nominated for another Australian Museum Eureka Prize in the same year. See each prize page for applicable conditions of entry.
  • I have entered or been a finalist for a Eureka Prize in a past year. Can I enter again?
    Yes. Non-winning entries (finalists or otherwise) are eligible for re-entry, so long as it meets all other conditions of entry, however a project which has been awarded an Australian Museum Eureka Prize in the past cannot be entered again.
  • Am I able to receive feedback on my entry?
    No. The judges decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • What do I need to submit to enter?
    Each prize page includes a 'How to Enter' section which outlines all information required to enter that particular Eureka Prize. Ensure you provide all documentation required for the prize you are entering.
  • How do I know if I am a finalist?
    A list of finalists in each prize will be posted on the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes website four weeks before the Award Dinner. All entrants will be contacted by either email or letter informing them of the outcome of the judging.

Online entry form

  • I forgot to print out my online entry form. How can I access it?
    When you submit your online entry form, you will receive a confirmation email that includes a PDF summarising your entry. If you did not receive an email, call us on 02 9320 6230 or send an email so that you can obtain a copy of your entry form and to ensure that your entry was successfully uploaded.
  • I'm having trouble filling out the entry form. What do I do?
    Contact us on 02 9320 6230 or send an email for help. Make sure it is before the close of entries, as we cannot help you after entries close.
  • I have submitted my online entry form and realised some of the details were incorrect, how do I change it?
    Once you have submitted your form, you are unable to change the details. If you feel the changes are critical, contact us on 02 9320 6230 or send an email before the close of entries, as you may need to re-submit your entry.

School science

It's time for students with a knack for communicating, and budding filmmakers with an interest in science, to pull out their cameras. There is a prize pool of $10,000 up for grabs to be shared between the winners and their schools, and finalist representatives also win a trip to Sydney for the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes Award Dinner.

Sponsored by the University of Sydney, the Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize encourages students to explore a scientific concept, discovery or invention, or test their own scientific hypothesis in a 1-3 minute film.


Tips for entrants

We asked the judges what they are looking for in a winning entry. This is what they suggest:

  • Think clearly about which prize is most appropriate for your work.
  • Take careful note of the judging criteria and align your submission to these criteria.
  • Keep your reports brief, explicit and focused on the judging criteria.
  • Ensure you provide all documentation requested in the 'How to Enter' section of the prize you are entering.
  • Stick to the page limits - judges will only consider what has been provided within the parameters.
  • Assessor reports are critical, so organise them early.
  • Select your Assessors carefully and use people of recognised standing.
  • Talk with your Assessors and encourage them to interpret the judging criteria in their two-page report.
  • Ask a critical friend or colleague to review your application.
  • Avoid hype. The judges not only see through it, some dislike it.
  • Be concise. We realise you have a lot you want to say, however work out which of the detail is essential and think carefully about including the rest.
  • Communicate as though your audience are not experts in your field.
  • Avoid jargon, acronyms and abbreviations. Don't assume judges will know what they mean.


Related information



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