Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia (Eureka Prizes)

The Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia is sponsored by Defence Science and Technology Organisation.

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The Defence Science and Technology Organisation Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia is awarded to an Australian individual, group or organisation for outstanding science or technology that has developed or has the potential to develop innovative solutions for Australia's defence or national security.

PRIZE

$10,000

PURPOSE

DSTO is the Australian Government's lead agency responsible for safeguarding Australia by delivering expert, impartial science and technology advice and innovative solutions for Defence and national security.

Demands on DSTO's science and technology support are extensive, specialised and continually growing. The increased deployment of Australian troops overseas, the current global security environment, new advances in technology and the ongoing need to minimise costs continue to place pressure on defence science and technology.

With a wide range of partnerships in place with industry and the science and technology community through strategic alliances and collaborative research programs, DSTO is able to apply advanced science and technology to enhance the effectiveness of Australia's defence and national security effort, both now and for the future.

The Defence Science and Technology Organisation Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia is awarded to an Australian individual, group or organisation for outstanding science or technology that has developed or has the potential to develop innovative solutions for Australia's defence or national security.

This may include both pure and applied research; development of new technologies or practices suitable for Australia's unique circumstances; or novel applications of existing technologies or products that address the challenges of defending Australia and its national interests in a rapidly changing geostrategic climate.

JUDGING CRITERIA

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

1. Innovation
a. In what way is the work outstanding (e.g. developed or extended techniques or methods not normally used; resulted in a paradigm shift etc)?
b. What are the innovative aspects of the work and/or its results?
c. What new insights have been gained as a result of this work?

2. Relevance
a. What capability challenge in defence and/or national security is addressed by the work?
b. Does the work address current and long-term issues?
c. To what extent does it meet Australia's unique circumstances in defence or national security?

3. Impact
a. How can this work lead to a practical improvement in capability for defence or national security?
b. What wider benefits can be expected as a result of this work on defence or national security (e.g. increased efficiency, improved operational performance, reduced costs, etc.)?
c. Does the work lend itself to applications beyond defence and national security?

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

The prize is open to individuals, groups or teams.

Entrants can either enter themselves or be nominated by others. If nominating an entrant, please ensure that 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), no more than five (5) years prior to the closing date of entries.

For a team entry, the team leader must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident at the time the research entered was undertaken. Members of the team do not have to be Australian citizens or permanent residents, however, they must have resided predominantly in Australia at the time the activity entered was undertaken.

For an entry that is not a team, all entrants must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident at the time the activity entered was undertaken.

To be eligible, entries must contain at least one Assessor Report.

You must submit an online entry form including one attachment containing all supporting documentation by 7pm AEST Friday 3 May 2013 to be eligible for this prize. Any entries received after 7pm AEST Friday 3 May 2013 will not be considered. Entries with incomplete sets of supporting documentation will not be considered. Submitted material will not be returned. Hard-copy applications will not be considered.

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 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.

Information provided by the entrant(s) in relation to the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes (including photos), may be used by the Australian Museum and/or the Defence Science and Technology Organisation 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 Defence Science and Technology Organisation, however such use will be only 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 these Conditions of Entry will automatically disqualify an entry.

HOW TO ENTER

1. You must prepare one (1) document that contains the following information:

a. Research summary: a brief description of the research 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(s) (maximum 2 pages per CV)

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: 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.

e. Optional publication: You may also include a copy of your work from one externally-refereed scientific publication.

This document can be uploaded in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format.

2. Submit an online entry form by 7pm AEST Friday 3 May 2013.

Complete the online entry form which must include your supporting document and submit by 7pm AEST Friday 3 May 2013.

When you have successfully uploaded your entry you will receive confirmation via email. If you do not receive this confirmation, or if you require further information or assistance, please call the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes on 02 9320 6483 or email eureka@austmus.gov.au.


Kea Lambert , Project Officer, Eureka Prizes
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