Entries open for science prizes




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Entries are now open for the 2014 Prime Minister’s science prizes, which will award a total of one million dollars in prize money to some of New Zealand’s top scientists and researchers. 

A total of five prizes are presented each year, with the aim of highlighting how science underpins innovation and helps to build a more competitive and productive economy. 

Past winners have been researching in the areas of nuclear magnetic resonance imaging, superconductivity, climate change science and food innovation. 

The prizes are: 

  • The Prime Minister’s Science Prize, $500,000 

To an individual or team which has made a transformative discovery or achievement in science that has had a significant impact on New Zealand or internationally 

  • The Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize, $200,000 

To an outstanding emerging scientist undertaking research for a PhD or within five years of the date of the award of a PhD 

  • The Prime Minister’s Science Teacher Prize, $150,000 

To a science teacher for outstanding achievement in teaching science 

  • The Prime Minister’s Science Media Communication Prize, $100,000 

To a practising scientist who is an effective communicator, to provide them with an opportunity to further develop their knowledge and capability in science media communication 

  • The Prime Minister’s Future Scientist Prize, $50,000 

To a secondary school student for outstanding achievement in carrying out a practical and innovative research or technology project. 

Entries for four of the Prime Minister’s Science Prizes can be lodged up until 4 August 2014. The 2014 Future Scientist Prize will be awarded to the Supreme Award recipient from the Royal Society of New Zealand’s ‘Realise the Dream’ competition. 


To find out more, visit: www.pmscienceprizes.org.nz