NSW Premier's Prizes

The nominations for the 2018 NSW Premier's Prizes for Science & Engineering are now closed.

The Prizes seek to recognise excellence in science and engineering, and reward leading researchers for cutting-edge work that has generated economic, environmental, health, social or technological benefits for New South Wales.

The Prizes replaced the NSW Science & Engineering Awards (held annually since 2008) and reflect the State Government's strong commitment to the local research and development community.

The Prizes aim to raise community awareness and appreciation of the important contribution scientists and engineers make to our daily lives, and encourage careers in both fields.

The top award, the prestigious NSW Premier's Prize for Scientist of the Year, will be awarded to an outstanding individual who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of science and/or engineering which has benefited or has the potential to benefit the people of New South Wales.

The Prizes are presented by the NSW Premier, with His Excellency the NSW Governor as the Patron. The event will be held on 30 October 2018 at Government House.

Please note: nominations are only relevant for categories 1-9. There is no need to nominate for Scientist of the Year as the Selection Panel manages this by another process.


This year, a trophy and $5,000 in prize money will be awarded to individual winners in the following nine categories:

1.  Excellence in Mathematics, Earth Sciences, Chemistry or Physics

2.  Excellence in Biological Sciences (Ecological, environmental, agricultural and organismal)

3.  Excellence in Medical Biological Sciences (Cell and molecular, medical, veterinary and genetics)

4.  Excellence in Engineering or Information and Communications Technology

5.  Energy Innovation in NSW

6.  NSW Early Career Researcher of the Year

7.  Leadership in Innovation in NSW

8.  Innovation in NSW Public Sector Science and Engineering

9.  Innovation in Science or Mathematics Teaching in NSW

NSW Premier’s Prize for Scientist of the Year

The 2018 NSW Scientist of the Year received a trophy and $60,000 in prize money.


Guidelines for the awards

Category definitions

Important Dates

9.00am AEST – Monday 28 May 2018
Nominations open

5.00pm AEST – Monday 2 July 2018
Nominations close

Tuesday 30 October 2018
Awards Ceremony

Further Information

For more information about the NSW Premier's Prizes for Science & Engineering, please contact Ella Rasmussen, Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer, on (02) 9338 6617.

Previous NSW Scientists of the Year

2017 – Professor Gordon Wallace, Executive Research Director at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science and Director of the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute and the Australian National Fabrication Facility (Materials Node), both headquartered at the University of Wollongong.

2016 – Professor Rick Shine AM, ARC Laureate Fellow, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, the University of Sydney.

2015 – Laureate Professor Scott Sloan, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Geotechnical Science and Engineering, University of Newcastle

2014 – Laureate Professor Mark Westoby, Leader of the Genes to Geoscience Research Centre at Macquarie University.

2013 – Laureate Professor Graeme Jameson AO, ARC DORA Fellow and Director of the Centre for Multiphase Processes at the University of Newcastle.

2012 – Laureate Professor John Aitken, Pro Vice Chancellor and Director of the Priority Research Centre in Reproductive Science at the University of Newcastle.

2011 – Professor Michelle Simmons, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology, The University of New South Wales.

2010 – Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte, ARC Federation Fellow and Director of the Centre for Translational Data Science, The University of Sydney.

2009 – Professor Stephen Simpson AC, Federation Fellow in the School of Biological Sciences, The University of Sydney.

2008 – Professor Martin Green, Executive Research Director of the ARC Photovoltaic Centre of Excellence, The University of New South Wales.