Government opens nominations for PM's science prizes

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The federal government has opened nominations for this year’s Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science.

Nominations close on 12 March with $750,000 in prize money to be distributed across seven categories.

The main prizes for Science and Innovation are each worth $250,000. Five other prizes of $50,000 each recognise early to mid-career researchers, innovators working towards commercialising their research and science teachers - in both primary and secondary schools.

Previous recipients include Emeritus Professor Kurt Lambeck, awarded the $250,000 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science last year for his work transforming our understanding of our living planet, and Dr Lee Berger who took out the $50,000 Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year for her work solving the mystery of frog extinction.

To nominate someone you need to hold a professional qualification in a similar field as your nominee, get their agreement and their CV, and submit 500 words on why they deserve a prize.

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