About the Eureka Prizes


The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are the country’s most comprehensive national science awards, honouring excellence across the areas of research & innovation, leadership, science engagement and school science.

Presented annually in partnership with some of the nation's leading scientific institutions, government organisations, universities and corporations, the Eureka Prizes raise the profile of science and science engagement in the community by celebrating outstanding achievement.

Since the prizes were established in 1990, more than four million dollars in prize money, and a total of 434 Eureka Prizes have been awarded.




Program announced Wednesday 17 March

Entries open Wednesday 24 March

Entries close 7pm AEST Friday 28 May

Finalist and highly commended entrants notified by

Friday 30 July

Finalists announced Thursday 2 September

Winners announced Thursday 7 October


Established in 1990 to reward outstanding achievements in Australian science and science communication.

  • Australia's most comprehensive national science award program.
  • A unique 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 at Sydney Town Hall.
  • In 2020, 17 prizes were awarded across four categories - Research & Innovation, Leadership, Science Engagement and School Science.
  • Owing to COVID-19, in 2020 prizes were awarded via a live digital broadcast event. Over 1,000 guests registered to attend, with a global audience joining from three continents.


Got a query about your Eureka Prize entry or nomination? Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for fast feedback on eligibility, entry materials, online entry forms and timelines.

If you still have a question, contact the Eureka Prizes team via email eureka@australian.museum or phone (02) 9320 6230.


It's time for students with a knack for communicating, and budding filmmakers with an interest in science, to pull out their cameras.

Sponsored by the University of Sydney, the Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize encourages students to explore a scientific concept, discovery or invention, or test their own scientific hypothesis in a short film. Students can work individually or in teams of up to six people, and there is a prize pool of $10,000 to be shared between the winners and their schools.

The 2021 theme is "Big"

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We asked the judges what they are looking for in a winning entry. This is what they suggest:

  • Think clearly about which prize is most appropriate for the activity being entered.
  • Take careful note of the assessment criteria and clearly respond to each criterion.
  • Be concise. We realise you have a lot you want to say, however work out which of the detail is essential and think carefully about including the rest.
  • Stick to the page limits - judges will only consider what has been provided within these parameters.
  • Select assessors carefully and use people of recognised standing. Assessor reports are critical, so organise them early.
  • Carefully review all entry materials to ensure they meet requirements.
  • Ask a critical friend or colleague to review the before your submit.
  • Avoid hype. The judges not only see through it, some dislike it.
  • Communicate as though your audience are not experts in the field.
  • Avoid jargon, acronyms and abbreviations. Don't assume judges will know what they mean.


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