Nominations open for Prime Minister's Science Prizes

Peers and colleagues of Australia’s outstanding scientists, research-based innovators and science teachers are urged to nominate them for the 2022 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science.

Nominations open today in the seven categories of Australia’s most prestigious science prizes, which award up to a total of $750,000 in prize money.

Minister for Science and Technology Melissa Price said those involved in science and innovation and teachers of science, technology and mathematics can put forward the names of those they wanted to see recognised for their contributions.

“I strongly encourage people to nominate those they know are doing great work in scientific research, research-based innovation, and in science teaching,” Minister Price said.  

“Science, technology and innovation are at the heart of so many of the key opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for Australia. 

“We are working hard to increase the diversity of nominations that are received for the prizes each year – but we need everyone’s help to make this happen. 

“If you know someone who should be recognised, we want to hear from you.

“In 2022 we want to uncover the unsung heroes from all across Australia – people whose work is delivering innovative solutions and creating better ways of working, living and educating in our community.”

The 2022 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science are: 

  • Prime Minister’s Prize for Science  
  • Prime Minister's Prize for Innovation  
  • Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year  
  • Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year  
  • Prize for New Innovators  
  • Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools  
  • Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools  

The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science is part of the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Program.

Nominations close on 10 February 2022 at 5pm AEDT and can be made at or