The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science is awarded to an individual or team for demonstrated excellence in citizen science practice, through an innovative research and community engagement project.


Prize

$10,000


Purpose

For the purposes of this prize, the term "citizen science" describes a project where members of the public (citizen scientists) are engaged in authentic research in partnership with professional scientists. The citizen scientists make hands-on and/or intellectual contributions to the research process, usually including data collection and/or analysis, with benefit for the research and the citizen scientists.

Citizen science projects inspire and motivate the community to engage with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); demonstrate the value of science in everyday life; and help to communicate scientific principles and lessons that foster a lifelong appreciation for STEM. These projects not only expand Australia’s research capabilities but can have broader societal benefits by supporting communities to value and understand scientific endeavour.

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science supports this prize through the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme, which aims to motivate and inspire all Australians in science and cultivate a scientifically engaged community. Through the Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science, the department recognises and rewards Australia’s most innovative citizen science projects, showcasing outstanding achievements to the wider Australian community.


Judging criteria

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


  1. Innovation

    In what way is the citizen science project innovative?

  2. Impact and effectiveness of the project

    a. Describe the benefits of the research and how the project has increased the body of knowledge in the researched scientific area.

    b. Describe the benefits of the project to the community and demonstrate how the project has achieved the following:

    • Increasing the knowledge, skills or understanding of STEM within the community
    • Empowering individuals or groups to participate in the project, and/or STEM more broadly
    • Engaging wider audiences in STEM
    • Changing attitudes or behaviours towards STEM including increasing the appreciation of STEM
    • Communicating the progress and outcomes of the project to the community

Prize specific conditions of entry

The prize is open to individuals and teams of up to six (6) people.

Activity entered for this prize must have been undertaken no more than five (5) years prior to the closing date of entries.

Activity entered must relate to a single citizen science project and not form part of any other project.

Entrants can either enter themselves or be nominated by others. If an entrant is nominated it is important 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).

For a team entry, the team leader must be either a) an Australian citizen, b) an Australian permanent resident, or c) a New Zealand citizen who was resident in Australia, at the time the research entered was undertaken. Members of the team do not have to fulfil these requirements; however, they must have resided predominantly in Australia at the time the activity entered was undertaken. For an entry that is not a team, entrant must be a) Australian citizens, b) Australian permanent residents or c) New Zealand citizens residing in Australia, at the time the activity entered was undertaken.

To be eligible, entries must contain at least two (2) Assessor reports. Assessor reports must be signed and dated by the assessor (electronic signature is acceptable), and include name, position and full contact information of the assessor (a letterhead including these details is sufficient). 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.

Entry forms must be submitted online and include one attachment containing all supporting documentation by 7pm AEST Friday 3 May 2019. Any entries received after 7pm AEST Friday 3 May 2019 will not be eligible for consideration. Entries with incomplete sets of supporting documentation, as per the 'How to Enter' section, will not be considered. Submitted material will not be returned. Hard-copy applications will not be considered.


General conditions of entry - Science Engagement prizes

The activity entered or nominated for this prize may not be entered or nominated for another Australian Museum Eureka Prize in the same year.

A project that has been awarded an Australian Museum Eureka Prize in the past cannot be entered again. Non-winning finalist activity is eligible for re-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.

Finalists will be asked to provide photos and a film outlining the work nominated for promotional purposes.

Information provided by the entrant(s) in relation to the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes (including photos and films), may be used by the Australian Museum and/or the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science 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 Industry, Innovation and Science, however such use will only be in connection with the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.

No entries will be received or considered after the close of entries. If you experience problems uploading your entry or have concerns about what has been uploaded, you must contact the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes on (02) 9320 6230 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 all conditions of entry will automatically disqualify an entry.


How to enter

  1. Prepare a single document [Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format] containing the following information:

    a. Research and project summary: a brief description of the research and project 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 two (2) 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: Entries with incomplete sets of supporting information will not be considered and judges will only consider what has been provided within the parameters (e.g. two page maximum for each).

  2. Submit an online entry form including uploading your supporting document by 7pm AEST Friday 3 May 2019.

    When you have successfully uploaded your entry, you will receive confirmation via email. If you do not receive confirmation, or if you require further information or assistance, contact the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes on (02) 9320 6230 or email eureka@austmus.gov.au