The UNSW Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research is awarded for an outstanding research outcome that was only possible as a result of the integration of two or more unrelated disciplines.


Prize

$10,000


Assessment criteria

Entries should specifically address how the activity entered meets the following assessment criteria:


  1. Originality and Significance

    Detail how the research outcome(s) are ground-breaking, as well as how the research has influenced its field of science and/or pioneered a new area of enquiry.

  2. Scientific Rigour

    Describe the investigative approach undertaken and identify the research methods employed, outlining the steps taken to ensure a robust and unbiased approach.

  3. Discipline Integration

    Clearly describe the extent to which the research outcome(s) were only possible as a result of the integration of two or more disciplines.

  4. Impact and Benefit

    Outline the potential or actual impact of this research beyond its field of science as well as any public impact.


Prize specific conditions of entry

The prize is open to individuals and teams if the achievement is the result of a collaborative team effort..

For team entries;

  • For entries comprised of between two (2) and six (6) individuals, you must describe the contribution of each individual to the research and explain why the Eureka Prize should be jointly awarded. This explanation should be included in the ‘Research Summary.’
  • For entries involving more than six individuals, you will need to decide upon one team leader to administer the entry and enter using a team name.

Activity entered for this prize must have been undertaken no more than five (5) years prior to the Entry Deadline.

Activity entered for this prize must have been published in at least one peer-reviewed article (i.e. published in a scientific journal, book or similar).

Activity entered for this prize may come from a broad range of disciplines, including but not limited to scientific disciplines, as long as the outcome of the work represents a scientific or technological breakthrough.


Category specific conditions of entry – all Research and Innovation Eureka Prizes

Entrants can either enter themselves or be nominated by others. If an entrant is nominated it is important that they have the opportunity to provide input into the entry documentation.

For an individual entry, the entrant must be a) an Australian citizen, b) an Australian permanent resident or c) a New Zealand citizen residing in Australia, at the time the activity entered was undertaken.

For a team entry of up to six individuals, 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 entries involving more than six people, you will need to decide upon a team name and one team leader.

Activity entered for a Eureka Prize must have been undertaken in Australia or its territories (as defined by the Australian government).

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 or activity 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.

In addition to the prize and category specific conditions of entry all entrants need to comply with the General Terms and Conditions of Entry.


Entry materials

Each entry must include the following information. All information provided will be used by the judging panel to assess the entry against the assessment criteria.


  1. Research summary

    [2 pages (maximum); 2cm margins (minimum); Size 11 font (minimum)]

    A statement by the nominator or entrant that provides an overview of the research. The statement should address:

    • Research title
    • Background
    • Objective/s
    • Results to date
    • Team contribution, if relevant. For team entries comprised of between two (2) and six (6) individuals, describe the contribution of each individual to the research and explain why the Eureka Prize should be jointly awarded.
    • List of published peer-reviewed articles that directly relate to the activity entered:
      • Where an individual entrant is a joint author, the citation should note if the entrant was the principal author, corresponding author or other.
      • For entries comprised of between two and six individuals, each article or publication must be co-authored by the majority of entrants.
  2. Assessment criteria

    [2 pages (maximum); 2cm margins (minimum); Size 11 font (minimum)]
    A statement by the nominator or entrant on how the activity entered addresses each of the assessment criterion.

  3. Assessor reports

    Three (3) statements from assessors on how the activity entered addresses each of the assessment criterion. Statements must be prepared using the template provided.

    Download Assessor Report template (.doc or .pdf format)

  4. Published article

    Include a copy of one (1) published peer-reviewed article that relates most directly to the activity entered. This must be one of the articles listed in the ‘Research Summary.’ Links to external sites will not be accepted.

  5. Curriculum vitae (CV)

    [2 pages (maximum) per CV; 2cm margins (minimum); Size 11 font (minimum)]
    A CV for each entrant listed on the entry form. For entries involving more than six individuals, you should submit a CV for your team leader and any key individuals (no more than six).