The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Eureka Prize for STEM Inclusion is awarded to an individual, team or organisation for implementing an initiative that has been effective in increasing participation, interest and access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).


Prize

$10,000


Purpose

The Eureka Prize for STEM Inclusion recognises and rewards an outstanding initiative that has led to greater inclusion in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The prize is intended to encourage the efforts of those who have improved access to, and participation in, STEM, and demonstrate that all Australians can be engaged by STEM.

For the purposes of this prize, the term “inclusion” refers to the increased empowerment, engagement and participation of people from groups who have previously been underrepresented or disengaged from STEM. This can include women, Indigenous Australians, members of the public from regional and remote areas, and other citizens who, without the initiative, would be unlikely to be engaged with or have access to STEM.

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. The prize helps deliver on the purpose of the program by motivating all Australians to build their STEM knowledge and skills, demonstrating that STEM is for everyone, and rewarding initiatives that reduce inequality in science participation, education and employment.


Judging criteria

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


  1. Impact of the initiative

    a. Describe the ways in which the initiative made a direct contribution to making science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) more inclusive.

    b. Describe the impact of the initiative on the target audiences including how participants have been included and empowered within STEM as a result of the initiative.

    c. Describe how the initiative will improve access to STEM and make STEM more inclusive to groups not previously engaged into the future.

  2. STEM engagement

    a. Describe how the project contributes to the following:

    • Building STEM skills
    • Improving appreciation and awareness of STEM
    • Helping participants undertake STEM studies or careers

    b. Describe how the initiative demonstrates the importance of STEM to the target audience and those who have participated.


Prize specific conditions of entry

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

Entries for initiatives of all sizes are welcome, including those that have a local community focus or have been implemented in a local context.

Entries may vary in size and scope, and judges will take the relative size of the project into account.

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 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 or organisation 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)] containing the following information:

    a. Project summary: a brief description of the 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 activity(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.