Application Deadline: September 7th 2015
If you’re the innovator behind a breakthrough in a field such as minerals and energy, agriculture, health or education, you should enter the $65,000 The Australian Innovation Challenge awards. Brought to you by The Australian in association with Shell and with the support of the federal Department of Industry and Science, the awards are helping to push some of the nation’s best ideas to commercialisation or adoption.
ou can enter whether you’re a professional scientist or engineer, an educator, an innovator in community services, a student or a creative genius inventing in your shed.
Now in its fifth year, the Challenge has attracted entries from researchers in laboratories and start-up companies around the country, from people making a difference in university lecture theatres, schools and the community, and from backyard heroes inventing in their spare time.
- The awards are open to both individuals and teams. They recognise innovation purely for the public good, as well as breakthroughs with direct commercial potential.
International collaborative projects are eligible as long as the work was driven from Australia.
Entrants must meet the eligibility criteria outlined in the rules.
Entries in all categories will be judged against the following equally weighted criteria.
1. Science or technological excellence and novelty – 25%
2. Potential impact – 25%
3. End user benefit and sustainability – 25%
4. Adoption and take-up (including plans for paths to market for early-stage development work) – 25%
The awards have eight cash prizes:
– Five professional categories each carries a prize of $5000. The overall winner will receive a further $25,000.
– The Backyard Innovation category is open to the public, and the winner will take out $10,000 in prize money.
– The Young Innovators category, carrying a $5000 prize, is open to students aged 21 years and under.
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