The commercial successes of Australia’s brightest early career innovators will be recognised in a new award added to the prestigious Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science in 2016.

Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Christopher Pyne said the National Innovation and Science Agenda recognised celebrating successes of Australia’s world class researchers and innovators would help to inspire young peoples’ participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics-based careers.

“Our National Innovation and Science Agenda focuses on collaboration between researchers and businesses, and building Australia’s talents and skills to power innovative capacity.”

“Innovation and science are critical to delivering new sources of growth, maintaining high-wage jobs and creating a new wave of economic prosperity. To encourage more of this behaviour it is important that we recognise and reward Australia’s great innovations.

“This new prize will recognise an exceptional early achievement in the successful commercialisation of scientific research.” Mr Pyne said.

The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science are in their 16th year as Australia’s most prestigious and highly-regarded awards for excellence in scientific research, innovation and science teaching.

The Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation was awarded for the first time last year to recognise the successful translation of science knowledge into a commercial outcome.

The Prime Minister’s Prize for Science pays tribute to the contributions Australian scientists have made in Australia and globally, and acknowledged benefits and value of their work to the public good.

Nominations are open for this year’s awards. For details visit

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