The Prime Minister’s Science Prize

This Prize is in recognition of a transformative science discovery or achievement which has led to an economic, health, social and/or environmental impact on New Zealand, or internationally.

In this context, science is taken to encompass the physical, chemical, biological, social and technological sciences, mathematics and engineering.

The Prime Minister’s Science Prize is worth $500,000


Click here to see the 2013 Prime Minister’s Science Prize winner

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Prize recipient continues his winning streak

Dr James Russell, winner of the 2012 Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize, is one of 10 rising stars of research to be awarded a prestigious Rutherford Discovery Fellowship for 2014.

James with grey-faced petrel

Entries for $1 million science prizes close soon

Nominations for the 2014 Prime Minister’s Science Prizes close in early August, giving established and emerging New Zealand research teams and scientists three weeks to complete their entries for the country’s most valuable science awards.

Now in their sixth year, the five prizes are designed to raise the profile and prestige of science and to recognise talented scientists who are working on projects that are of real benefit to New Zealand. In total, they award $1 million. Read more…

MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize gives boost to researcher’s career

Dr Rob McKay, recipient of the Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize in 2011, says winning the prize has added significant momentum to his career. The prize is worth $200,000, with $150,000 to be used for support the researcher’s ongoing work, and $50,000 for the recipient to use as they choose. Dr McKay’s specialist area is glacial sedimentology, where he uses marine sedimentary records and glacial deposits to reconstruct episodes of melting and cooling in Antarctica over the last 13 million years.
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