Nominations close soon for the 2022 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science

Do you know an Australian research-based innovator that deserves recognition? Acknowledge your peers’ outstanding work in scientific research and research-based innovation by nominating them for the 2022 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science.

The Prizes are Australia’s most prestigious awards for outstanding achievements in scientific research, research-based innovation and excellence in science teaching.

Nominating is a meaningful acknowledgement of the value your nominee contributes to science. The Prizes award up to $750,000 each year across seven prize categories to help recipients advance their scientific discovery or commercial venture.

In addition to receiving Prize money, the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science recipients are nationally recognised by the Australian Government, enabling them to further showcase their scientific discovery or commercial venture.  

Professor Anthony Weiss AM was awarded the 2021 Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation for his pioneering research and commercialisation of synthetic tropoelastin-based biomaterials, which can accelerate and improve the repair of human tissue. Professor Weiss describes the Prizes as a celebration for everyone in science and innovation.

“To receive the Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation means a great deal to me. It’s an extraordinary process to reach the point where innovation succeeds. The process of innovation is a roller-coaster; there are ups and downs, but it’s always a journey forward. This recognition is testament to the many people who have been part of this journey with me. Most importantly, it’s a celebration of science and innovation in our country.”

Nominations can be made by leaders, colleagues, peers and mentors of potential nominees in the science, innovation, and science teaching communities. And the nomination process is easy and accessible.   

There are four easy stages for Science Prizes:

  1. Nominate: Visit and complete the nomination form with a short achievement summary of your nominee (up to 500 words), contact details of two supporters and two independent referees, with supporting documentation.
  2. Shortlist: if shortlisted, nominators will be invited via email to submit an online application form to address the relevant assessment criteria. This includes sourcing and providing content from two supporters.
  3. Verify: the Prizes’ independent selection committee will verify claims made in the nomination submission.
  4. Notify: Prize recipients and their nominators are notified via phone of their recognition and invited to attend the 2022 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science event.

Don’t delay! Nominations for the 2022 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science will close soon, on Thursday 10 February 2022 at 5:00pm AEDT.

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