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About Eureka Prizes

Likened to the "Oscars of Australian Science", the Eureka Prizes are presented annually by the Australian Museum in partnership with government organisations, institutions, companies and individuals who are committed to celebrating the vitality, originality and excellence of Australian Science.

The Prizes reward excellence in the fields of research and innovation; science leadership; school science; and science journalism and communication.

2019 Eureka Prizes dates

Entries open Friday 1 February

Entries close Friday 3 May

Finalists announced late July (date TBC)

Winners announced Wednesday 28 August

Fast Facts

  • Established in 1990 to reward outstanding achievements in Australian science and science communication.
  • Australia's most comprehensive national science awards.
  • A unique co-operative partnership between government, education and research institutions, private sector companies, organisations and individuals.
  • Each prize is judged by a panel of eminent and qualified individuals, whose contribution of expertise and time helps support the credibility of the Eureka Prizes.
  • The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes culminates in a gala Award Dinner, which celebrates and rewards Australian science.
  • The 2017 Award Dinner was attended by 630 guests, with MCs Bernie Hobbs and Adam Spencer.
  • In 2017, 15 prizes were awarded in four categories - Research & Innovation, Leadership, Science Engagement and School Science.

Frequently asked questions

Citizenship and residency

  • Do I have to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident?
    See each prize page for applicable conditions of entry.
  • What does "Australia and its territories mean"?
    The definition of Australia and its territories can be found on the Australian Government's website.


  • Is there an entry fee?
    No. The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are free to enter.
  • Can I nominate myself for a Eureka Prize?
    Yes, self-nomination is an acceptable way to enter the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.
  • Can I get an extension to submit my work after the closing date?
    Under no circumstances will an extension of the closing date be granted. No entries will be accepted after this time, and no further correspondence will be entered into. We must strictly adhere to this policy to be fair and transparent to everyone who enters a Eureka Prize. Sorry, but we can't be talked around on this one - whether you are a 6 year old school student, or a distinguished scientist - the answer will always be no!
  • How do I address a break or interruption from my career?
    For prizes that are conditional on date of PhD award, consideration may be taken for career interruption (such as pregnancy; major illness; or carer responsibilities). See each prize page for applicable conditions of entry.
  • Does it matter if I exceed the page limits?
    Yes. Judges will only consider what has been provided within the parameters (e.g. two page maximum).
  • Will you return the supporting materials accompanying my entry following the judging?
    Unfortunately, we are not able to return any of the material submitted with your entry.
  • Can I submit the same work for different prizes?
    No. The activity entered/nominated for a prize may not be entered/nominated for another Australian Museum Eureka Prize in the same year. See each prize page for applicable conditions of entry.
  • I have entered or been a finalist for a Eureka Prize in a past year. Can I enter again?
    Yes. Non-winning entries (finalists or otherwise) are eligible for re-entry, so long as it meets all other conditions of entry, however a project which has been awarded an Australian Museum Eureka Prize in the past cannot be entered again.
  • Am I able to receive feedback on my entry?
    No. The judges decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • What do I need to submit to enter?
    Each prize page includes a 'How to Enter' section which outlines all information required to enter that particular Eureka Prize. Ensure you provide all documentation required for the prize you are entering.
  • How do I know if I am a finalist?
    A list of finalists in each prize will be posted on the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes website four weeks before the Award Dinner. All entrants will be contacted by either email or letter informing them of the outcome of the judging.

FAQ Online entry form

  • I forgot to print out my online entry form. How can I access it?
    When you submit your online entry form, you will receive a confirmation email that includes a PDF summarising your entry. If you did not receive an email, call us on 02 9320 6230 or send an email so that you can obtain a copy of your entry form and to ensure that your entry was successfully uploaded.
  • I'm having trouble filling out the entry form. What do I do?
    Contact us on 02 9320 6230 or send an email for help. Make sure it is before the close of entries, as we cannot help you after entries close.
  • I have submitted my online entry form and realised some of the details were incorrect, how do I change it?
    Once you have submitted your form, you are unable to change the details. If you feel the changes are critical, contact us on 02 9320 6230 or send an email before the close of entries, as you may need to re-submit your entry.

FAQ Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize

  • What if my Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize video is over three minutes long?
    Edit, edit, edit! Judges will only consider the first three minutes of an entry that exceeds the time limit.
  • Are home educated students eligible to enter the Sleek Geek Science Eureka Prize?
    Yes. Students that are educated at home in accordance with the relevant state or territory legislation are eligible for entry.
  • Can an entry be made up of students from more than one school?
    Yes. Students entering do not need to be from the same school.
  • How much prize money will I win?
    Prize money is divided equally between the winning students and their school(s) (with the school to recieve 50% of the prize money). Book vouchers are shared equally by members of the winning team. Representatives from the finalist teams will also win a trip to Sydney for the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes Award Dinner.
    First prize: $4,000 plus a $500 book voucher from Abbey's Bookshop, Sydney
    Second Prize: $2,000
    Third Prize: $1,000
    First prize: $2,000 plus a $500 book voucher from Abbey's Bookshop, Sydney
    Second Prize: $1,000
  • I am in Year 7, but still at primary school. Should I enter the primary or secondary category?
    As you are considered to be in primary school by the state where you attend school, you should enter the primary school category.
  • How do I submit my video?
    You will need to complete an online entry and submit your video either via upload to Vimeo or in hard copy on a USB through the mail or delivered personally to the Australian Museum.
  • How do I submit my Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize video online?
    You will need to have created a Vimeo account to upload your video and must provide the file link when you complete your online entry form.
  • How do I submit using Vimeo?
    Please make the video 'Private' (using password provided in online entry form) and enable ' Download the Video'. You can do this by going to Settings > Privacy > Who can watch this video: Only people with a Password, and Settings > Privacy > What can people do with this video: Download the video. Please provide a link to the video by copying and pasting the link into your online entry form.
  • How do I deliver my Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize hard-copy entry?
    You can either send your hard copy entry through the mail or deliver it in person to the Australian Museum before the deadline for hard-copy entries. If sending through the mail we recommend that you use a trackable mail system (such as Express Post, registered mail or a courier) as proof of send date. If delivering in person please leave your clearly marked entry at the reception in the Crystal Hall entrance of the Australian Museum. Museum opening hours are 9:30am - 5:00pm.
  • How do I know if you received my Sleek Geek Science Eureka Prize entry in the mail?
    We will acknowledge receipt of your hard-copy entry by email within one week of hard-copy entries closing.

Related information

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