Outstanding Young Researcher (Eureka Prizes)

The Eureka Prize for Outstanding Young Researcher is sponsored by Macquarie University. 

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The Macquarie University Eureka Prize for Outstanding Young Researcher is awarded for outstanding scientific research conducted by an individual or teams of early career researchers who are aged 35 years or younger.




Macquarie University is home to some of the world's pre-eminent researchers who attract significant research funding to the University. Eighty-five per cent of Macquarie's research activity is regarded by the Australian Government as being of world standard or higher. This international research profile is one of the reasons Macquarie is Australia's highest ranked university under the age of 50 according to the QS World University Rankings.

Macquarie values, recognises and rewards the significant contribution that young researchers make to their field and to science in Australia.


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

1. Originality: Describe how your research is original.

2. Scientific rigour: Describe the scientific rigour of your research, including evidence that the research has undergone peer-review.

3. Potential impacts: Describe the potential impacts and benefits of your research.


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.

Individuals entering this prize must be 35 years or younger at the time of close of entries. For a group entry, all members of the group must be 35 years or younger at the time of close of entries. Individuals may be nominated for their significant role (lead researcher or key researcher) in a group research project, where not all group members are 35 years of age or younger.

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 Macquarie University 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 Macquarie University, 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.


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 two 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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