The Macquarie University Eureka Prize for Outstanding Early Career Researcher is awarded for outstanding scientific research conducted by an individual early career researcher.


Prize

$10,000


Assessment criteria

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


  1. Scientific rigour and innovative approach

    Describe the investigative approach undertaken and identify how you have employed approaches not normally used in your field of research.

  2. Originality and significance

    Identify how your research contributes to new insights within its field of science and/or pioneered a new area of enquiry.

  3. Impact and benefit

    Demonstrate the extent to which the research has:

    • led to a clear impact(s)
    • will influence future Australian and/or global research.

Prize specific conditions of entry

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

Entrants must satisfy at least one of the below criteria:

a) Be 35 years or younger;

Or

b) Been awarded their PhD (or equivalent first higher degree e.g., D.Phil., D.Psych., D.Sc) no more than five (5) years prior to prize entry i.e. between 2015 – 2020. For entrants whose work has been realised over a period longer than five (5) years from PhD conferral due to a career interruption (such as pregnancy; major illness/injury; or carer responsibilities), the entrant will have the opportunity to address this in the online entry form.

Activity entered for this prize must have been undertaken no more than five (5) years prior to the Entry Deadline.

Activity entered for this prize must have been published in at least one peer-reviewed article (i.e. published in a scientific journal, book or similar).


Category specific conditions of entry – all Research and Innovation Eureka Prizes

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.

The entrant must be a) an Australian citizen, b) an Australian permanent resident or c) a New Zealand citizen residing in Australia, at the time the activity entered was undertaken.

Activity entered for this prize must have been undertaken in Australia or its territories (as defined by the Australian Government).

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.

In addition to the prize and category specific conditions of entry, all entrants need to comply with the General Terms and Conditions of Entry.


Entry materials

Each entry must include the following information. All information provided will be used by the judging panel to assess the activity entered against the assessment criteria.


  1. Research summary

    [2 pages (maximum); 2cm margins (minimum); Size 11 font (minimum)]

    A statement by the nominator or entrant that provides an overview of the research. The statement should address:

    • Research title
    • Background
    • Objective/s
    • Results to date
    • List of published peer-reviewed articles that directly relate to the activity entered:
      • Where an individual entrant is a joint author, the citation should note if the entrant was the principal author, corresponding author or other.
  2. Assessment criteria

    [2 pages (maximum); 2cm margins (minimum); Size 11 font (minimum)]

    A statement by the nominator or entrant on how the activity entered addresses each of the assessment criterion.

  3. Assessor reports

    Three (3) statements from assessors on how the activity entered addresses each of the assessment criterion. Statements must be prepared using the template provided.

    Download Assessor Report template (.doc or .pdf format)

  4. Published article

    Include a copy of one (1) published peer-reviewed article that relates most directly to the activity entered. This must be one of the articles listed in the ‘Research Summary'. Links to external sites will not be accepted.

  5. Curriculum vitae (CV)

    [2 pages (maximum); 2cm margins (minimum); Size 11 font (minimum)]

    The CV of the entrant.