The CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Innovation and Science is awarded to an Australian individual who has demonstrated an outstanding role and impact on science.




Leadership is defining objectives, harnessing, motivating and mobilising talent, and achieving results.

Australia has many gifted science leaders, who integrate their science talents with the management skills necessary to make a difference. They can be found in universities, research laboratories, government, the media and in schools.

Australia's success as a nation depends on its leaders. Science leadership continues therefore to be of prime importance.

The CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Innovation and Science acknowledges and celebrates the role and impact of great leadership in science.

As Australia’s innovation catalyst, CSIRO collaborates with universities, government and industry to harness the power of science and technology to solve our greatest challenges. We’re proud to recognise leaders in science and innovation who blaze new trails of discovery, solve wicked challenges through the power of their research, and inspire future generations of leaders.

Judging criteria

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

  1. A demonstrated track record of results achieved through inspiring others for success, via excellent leadership in science and innovation
  2. Evidence of innovative approaches to delivering for the benefit of the environment, economy and society
  3. Evidence of how the personal leadership style has had a transformative effect on others
  4. Specific examples of leadership achievements in research, both nationally and internationally
  5. Quality of Assessor reports

General conditions of entry - Leadership prizes

This prize is open only to individuals. Entries consisting of more than one individual are ineligible.

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) by a) an Australian citizen, b) an Australian permanent resident, or c) a New Zealand citizen who is a resident 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 details 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.

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

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 CSIRO 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 CSIRO, 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 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. Personal profile: a brief personal profile on the entrant (two page maximum)

    b. Activity summary: a brief description of the entrant's activity, including objectives and results to date (two page maximum)

    c. Judging criteria: a brief description of how the entrant's activity addresses each of the judging criteria (two page maximum)

    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 work (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