Sustainable Agriculture (Eureka Prizes)

The Landcare Eureka Prize for Sustainable Agriculture is sponsored by Caring for our Country.

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The Caring for our Country Landcare Eureka Prize for Sustainable Agriculture is awarded for excellence in the scientific research, development or innovative application of agricultural practices that have improved, or have the potential to improve, the sustainable use of our natural resources.

PRIZE

$10,000

PURPOSE

The Landcare Eureka Prize for Sustainable Agriculture is sponsored by the Australian Government's Caring for our Country initiative.

Australia's agricultural land generates a significant proportion of our nation's wealth and provides the food and fibre that we all rely on. As the global demand for food increases and we face the effects of climate change and environmental degradation, leading research, science and innovation in sustainable agriculture will ensure Australia's agricultural sector is well-placed to respond to these challenges.

The Caring for our Country Landcare Eureka Prize for Sustainable Agriculture seeks to promote outstanding scientific research and development that has the potential to significantly advance the Caring for our Country goal of an environment that is healthier, better-protected, well managed and resilient, and that provides essential ecosystem services in a changing climate.

If you are involved in or are aware of exciting scientific research, development or an innovative application that promotes agricultural productivity while protecting or enhancing our natural resource base, we encourage your nomination.

The nominated activity must relate to the use of agricultural practices or systems that maintain or improve:

(a) the economic viability of agricultural production

(b) the social viability and well being of rural communities

(c) the ecologically sustainable use of Australia's natural resources

(d) ecosystems that are influenced by agricultural activities.

JUDGING CRITERIA

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

1. the originality of the research, development or application

2. the scientific rigour of the research, development or application

3. the demonstrated (or anticipated) impact of the research, development or application.

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

This prize is open to individuals, groups or organisations.

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.

The 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 activity 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.

An activity 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 Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 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 Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, 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

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

a. Activity 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 research entered 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 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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