The UNSW Eureka Prize for Scientific Research is awarded for outstanding curiosity-driven scientific research.


Prize

$10,000


Assessment criteria

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


  1. Originality and Significance

    Detail how the research outcome(s) are ground-breaking, as well as how the research has influenced its field of science and/or pioneered a new area of enquiry.

  2. Scientific Rigour

    Describe the investigative approach undertaken and identify the research methods employed, outlining the steps taken to ensure a robust and unbiased approach.

  3. Impact and benefit

    Outline the potential or actual impact of this research beyond its field of science as well as any public impact.


Prize specific conditions of entry

The prize is open to individuals and teams if the achievement is the result of a collaborative team effort.

For team entries;

  • For entries comprising of between two and six individuals, you must describe the contribution of each individual to the research and explain why the Eureka Prize should be jointly awarded. This explanation should be included in the ‘Research Summary.’
  • For entries involving more than six individuals, you will need to decide upon one team leader to administer the entry and enter using a team name.

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.

For an individual entry, 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.

For a team entry of up to six individuals, 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 entries involving more than six people, you will need to decide upon a team name and one team leader.

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
    • Team contribution, if relevant. For team entries comprised of between two (2) and six (6) individuals, describe the contribution of each individual to the research and explain why the Eureka Prize should be jointly awarded.
    • 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.
      • For entries comprised of between two and six individuals, each article or publication must be co-authored by the majority of entrants.
  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) per CV; 2cm margins (minimum); Size 11 font (minimum)]

    A CV for each entrant listed on the entry form. For entries involving more than six individuals, you should submit a CV for your team leader and any key individuals (no more than six).


How to enter

  • Review prize information
  • Register an account
  • Start online entry form from Wednesday 4 March 2020 (save it in-progress)
  • Submit online entry form, including entry materials listed above, by the Entry Deadline, 7pm AEST Friday 15 May 2020. Late entries will not be accepted.