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Nominations open for Prime Minister’s Science Prize

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The quest to find Australia’s top scientists, innovators and science teachers is on again with nominations opening for this year’s Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science.

From pure research to innovative commercial applications to teaching excellence, the prizes recognise our best and brightest.

Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, encouraged those within the science fields to nominate their impressive peers, particularly women.

“The Liberal Government wants to increase the participation and recognition of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, so this is a great chance to nominate a woman in the electorate if Pearce,” Mr Porter said.

Nominations close on 12 March, with $750,000 in prize money to be distributed across seven categories.

The main prizes for Science and Innovation are each worth $250,000. Five other prizes of $50,000 each recognise early to mid-career researchers, innovators working towards commercialising their research and science teachers - in both primary and secondary schools.

The Liberal Government recognises the importance of science and technology as key drivers of Australia’s economy, and the jobs of the future. It has invested $2.4 billion in Australia’s research, science and technology capabilities in the 2018-19 Budget, underscored by a $1.9 billion investment to update National Research Infrastructure – ensuring ongoing strength in these sectors generates more jobs and higher living standards for all Australians.

To nominate someone you need to hold a professional qualification in a similar field as your nominee, get their agreement and their CV, and submit 500 words on why they deserve a prize.

For more information visit: www.industry.gov.au/funding-and-incentives/science-and-research/prime-ministers-prizes-for-science.