The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science – Science Prizes

The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science – Science Prizes award Australian scientists and innovators with prizes to recognise outstanding achievements in science and research-based innovation.

Closes in 62 days

Closing date: Thursday 9 February 2023 5:00pm AEDT Thu 9 Feb 2023 5:00pm AEDT

What do you get?

There are 5 Science Prizes ranging between $50,000 and $250,000.

Who is this for?

Australian scientists and innovators, whose achievements benefit Australia and the rest of the world.


The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science are Australia’s most prestigious and highly regarded awards for outstanding achievements in:

  • scientific research
  • research-based innovation
  • excellence in science teaching

The prizes will award up to $750,000 each year for outstanding achievements. Information on the prizes for science teaching is on our Science Teaching Prizes page.

The Science Prizes recognise the achievements and success of Australian scientists and innovators, and benefits to both Australia and the rest of the world.

We welcome nominations of diverse candidates and those from a different range of backgrounds and geographical regions.

There are 5 science prizes for science and innovation:

  • Prime Minister’s Prize for Science ($250,000)
  • Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation ($250,000)
  • Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year ($50,000)
  • Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year ($50,000)
  • Prize for New Innovators ($50,000)

Each prize recipient receives a medallion, lapel pin, prize money as described above and an award certificate.


To be eligible for a Science Prize, a nominee must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia (nominees currently living or studying overseas are not precluded from being nominated)
  • not be self-nominated
  • not be nominated in more than one prize category. Where a nominee is nominated in more than one category, the department will ask the nominee to select a single nomination to pursue.
  • meet the specific eligibility criteria for the nominated prize

Prize nominees do not need to be a member of a professional association or have received any prior award to be eligible.

For more information on eligibility criteria, including for nominees, nominators, supporters and independent referees please refer to section 4 of the Prime Minister's Prizes for Science - Science Prizes guidelines.


How do you nominate someone?

A prize nomination must be proposed by someone (a nominator) with knowledge of the nominee’s achievements and endorsed by two supporters. Nominators for the Science Prizes must provide two independent referees. One independent referee must be based overseas for all Prizes except the Prize for New Innovators.

Prior to submitting a nomination you should read and understand the Prize Minister’s Prizes for Science – Science Prizes guidelines.

You should also ensure the nominee is willing to be nominated, will provide the evidence necessary to support the nomination, and understands the obligations that come with the prize.

The nomination process involves 2 stages.

Stage 1: The nominator provides a summary of the nominee’s achievement against the assessment criteria for the prize.

To prepare a stage 1 nomination:

  • Make sure your nominee is willing to be nominated.
  • Ask them for a copy of their CV (2 page maximum and reference to 4 key articles or publications).
  • Prepare a summary of their achievement addressing the assessment criteria (500 words) on the provided template.
  • Identify two supporters.
  • Identify two independent referees (One must be based overseas for all Prizes except the Prize for New Innovators).

Complete the online form and submit it between 5pm on 21 November 2022 and 9 February 2023 5pm AEDT.

Stage 2: If a nominee has been shortlisted we invite the nominator and two supporters to prepare a more detailed submission addressing the relevant assessment criteria.

We refer the nominator and supporters’ Stage 2 statements to the independent referees (two provided by the nominator and one identified by the committee) with relevant expertise to seek their professional opinions on the claims made in the nomination.

Apply now for The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science – Science Prizes.

Before you apply, make sure you:

  • understand the nomination process
  • read the grant opportunity guidelines
  • are ready to complete the online nomination form.
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Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Program

The Prime Minister's Prizes for Science is part of the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Program. This aims to:

  • increase Australian community engagement with the sciences, through activities and events
  • increase positive public sentiment and awareness of the contribution and achievements of Australian scientists and innovators
  • improve communication between Australian scientists, the general public, businesses and government
  • enhance focus on building skills and capability in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and digital literacy, in Australian schools and communities
  • increase engagement and participation in groups under-represented in STEM.

Find out what other grants and awards are available under the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Program.

Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines – Science Prizes

Stage 1 – Nominator template