Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research (Eureka Prizes)
The Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research is sponsored by University of New South Wales.
The UNSW Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research is awarded to an individual, group or team who has produced a groundbreaking research outcome that was only possible as a result of the integration of two or more unrelated disciplines.
The award encourages and recognises the pioneering research breakthroughs that can be achieved at the intersection of unrelated, even unexpected, disciplines.
Applications are especially encouraged from, but not limited to, those developing breakthrough technologies and/or seeking to open an entirely new area of research enquiry.
The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is one of Australia's leading research-intensive universities, with world-class research programs focused on areas critical to the future - from climate change and renewable energies to life-saving medical treatments and breakthrough technologies. With many of its current flagship research programs originating from, at the time, novel interdisciplinary research ventures, UNSW understands the value of encouraging and nurturing research programs that operate across traditional discipline boundaries.
Entries should specifically address how the work entered meets the following judging criteria:
1. Excellence and rigour of the research with the focus on the program rather than the outcome(s).
2. The extent to which the research outcome(s) are groundbreaking, set a new direction in the field and/or pioneer an entirely new area of enquiry.
3. The extent to which the research outcome(s) were only possible as a result of the integration of two or more unrelated disciplines.
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.
Research entered may be for a single project or a body of work.
Research entered for this prize must have been published in one or more internationally respected, externally-refereed scientific journal(s), book(s) or equivalent electronic publication(s).
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 UNSW 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 UNSW, 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 email@example.com 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. 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.
d. CV: curriculum vitae of entrant(s) (maximum 2 pages per CV)
e. Publication: include a copy of one article about the research published in an internationally respected, externally-refereed scientific journal, book or equivalent electronic 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kea Lambert , Project Officer, Eureka Prizes