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The Department of Industry, Science and Resources Eureka Prize for STEM Inclusion is awarded for an initiative that has led to greater inclusion in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Entries must specifically address how the work entered meets the following assessment criteria:
Initiative summary (40%)
Describe details of the initiative including:
a) Design and objectives of the initiative
b) Size and scope of the project
This could include, but is not limited to, budget, staffing, volunteer numbers and geographic reach.
b) How the initiative uses STEM experts; including in the project design and development
c) Guidelines for ethical practice.
This could include but is not limited to participant safety
and stakeholder safety
d) Results to date
e) Future plans for the initiative.
Describe and provide evidence of how the initiative has directly made STEM more inclusive to the initiative’s target audience, including how it has:
a) Improved target audiences’ access to STEM
b) Influenced audience perception of STEM
c) Increased participation of target audiences’ in new STEM experiences
d) Improved target audiences’ engagement with STEM, STEM skills, or pursuit of STEM studies and careers
e) Made STEM more inclusive in other ways not addressed above.
Prize specific conditions of entry
For the purposes of this prize, ‘inclusion’ refers to the participation, engagement and empowerment of all Australians in STEM, particularly people who may be underrepresented such as, but not limited to, women and girls, First Nation communities, people with disability, those from regional and remote areas, the LGBTIQA+ community and people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.
Entries for initiatives of all sizes are encouraged, including those that have a local community focus or have been implemented in a local context.
Entries may vary in size and scope and judges will take the relative size of the project into account during judging.
The prize is open to individuals and teams.
For team entries;
- For entries comprised of between two and six individuals, you will need to decide upon one team leader to administer the entry, however you must describe the contribution of each individual to the project and explain why the Eureka Prize should be jointly awarded. This explanation should be included in the ‘Initiative 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. You will not have the opportunity to formally list all individuals involved in the entry.
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 or its territories, 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 or its territories, 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 or its territories at the time the activity entered was undertaken.
For a team entry involving more than six individuals, you will need to decide upon a team name and one team leader. 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 or its territories, 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 or its territories at the time the activity entered was undertaken.
Activity entered for a Eureka Prize must have been undertaken in Australia or its territories, as defined by the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes Terms and Conditions.
Activity entered for this prize must have been undertaken no more than five (5) years prior to the closing date of entries. The initiative can have commenced more than five years (5) years ago, but the scope of work covered in the entry should focus on what has been delivered/achieved in the last five (5) years.
Category specific conditions of entry – all Science Engagement Eureka Prizes
Entrants can either enter themselves or be nominated by others. If an entrant is nominated it is important they provide input to the documentation in support of their nomination.
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 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.
Each entry must include the following information. All information provided will be used by the judging panel to assess the activity against the assessment criteria.
Response to assessment criteria
A statement by the nominator or entrant on how the activity addresses each of the assessment criterion. Where applicable, please include key dates to demonstrate that the activity entered has been undertaken no more than five (5) years prior to the Entry Deadline, per the conditions of entry.
- Initiative Summary: [1.5 pages (maximum); 2cm margins (minimum); Size 11 font (minimum)]. Teams comprising of 2-6 individuals must also describe the contribution of each individual to the initiative and explain why the Eureka Prize should be jointly awarded.
- Impact Criteria: [2 page (maximum); 2cm margins (minimum); Size 11 font (minimum)]
[Reports must be prepared using the template provided]
Two (2) reports from assessors on how the activity addresses each of the assessment criterion. Judges rely on assessor reports to provide an additional perspective and informed opinion on the activity entered, therefore assessors should not be personally or directly involved in it. Assessors should be selected from a variety of different organisations.
[Testimonial must be prepared using the template provided]
One (1) personal testimonial from a member of the initiative’s target audience, describing their experiences and engagement with the initiative. Unless the beneficiary is under 18 years of age, testimonial must be prepared by a direct beneficiary, not an individual who has observed the impact on the target audience.
How to Enter
- Review prize information
- Register an account
- Start online entry form from Monday 13 February 2023 (save it in-progress)
- Submit online entry form, including entry materials listed above, by the Entry Deadline, 7pm AEST Friday 14 April 2023. Late entries will not be accepted.