2018 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science

Minister for Jobs and Innovation, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash has opened nominations for the 2018 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science and announced some exciting changes.

Each year the Australian Government honours Australia’s best scientists, innovators and science teachers through the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science, and we need your help to find potential winners.

We are looking for:

  • Leading Australian scientists who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of knowledge through science—for the $250,000 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science.
  • Exceptional innovators from both industry and research who have translated scientific knowledge into substantial commercial impact—for the $250,000 Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation.
  • Early to mid-career scientists whose research is already making, and will continue to have, an impact on our lives—for the $50,000 Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year and $50,000 Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year.
  • Promising early to mid-career innovators from industry and research whose work has the potential to enhance our economy through the translation of scientific knowledge into a substantial commercial impact—for the $50,000 Prize for New Innovators.
  • Inspiring science, mathematics and technology teachers who are dedicated to innovative teaching and inspiring the next generation—for the $50,000 Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching (Primary and Secondary).


Note that the guidelines for the prizes have been updated for 2018 so make sure you review the latest information, including nomination forms, at:business.gov.au/scienceprizes or contact 13 28 46.

Read about past winners at science.gov.au/pmscienceprizes.

If you have any nominations for these awards, please contact the AAA executive committee. Nominations will be collated and submitted on behalf of AAA to give nominees the maximum chance.  This is a great opportunity to recognise the contribution of our peers and members!