Te Puiaki Pūtaiao Matua a te Pirimia The Science Prize

Tēnā koe,

Welcome to the page where you will find information about the application process through the Prime Minister’s Science Prizes Portal.  You will also find all forms/templates on this page for your convenience.

There are a number of steps that you need to take and so it is important to read the guidelines below as this provides information about logging in and finding your way around the portal. Guidelines for application process for Applicant and Referee-Science Prize. 

If you do need help or advice at any time then please do not hesitate to make contact with the Secretariat (contact details are below).

Once you have finished reading the guidelines and when you are ready please click on the portal link.  Prime Minister’s Science Prizes Portal link

Please allow plenty of time to complete the application.

The following templates which need to be completed are also in the portal but on this page also for your convenience.

Application Template

Referee Template 

Budget Template (please not this will not be judged)


  •  I have received acknowledgement from all team members that they consent to be part of our application
  •  All referees that I requested have provided a report.

NB: the Prize requires two NZ-based and two-International referees.  The portal shows you what stage each referee has fulfilled, and you are able to remove referees if you need to replace an unresponsive or refusing referee.

  •  I have uploaded my CV and (photo ID)
  •  I have uploaded my application (including evidence portfolio), and indicative budget for use of the Prize award.
  •  I have either uploaded an ethics statement, or explained why one is not required.
  •  I have accepted the Prize Terms and Conditions.

Once all of the above have been completed, you can “Submit” your application.  Note this prevents further changes to documents, and adding team members or referees.  If you wish to edit your application before the close date, contact the Prize Secretariat to return your application to an editable state.   The Prize Secretariat may also do this, and will notify you, if you submit an application without the four required referees.

Applications need to be complete by 5.00pm, 15 Whiringa-ā-nuku October 2021.


Ko te Kaiwhakahaere the Secretariat for The Prime Minister’s Science Prizes is Royal Society Te Apārangi.  Contact details are:

Te Kaiwhakahaere the Secretariat
The Prime Minister’s Science Prizes
Royal Society Te Apārangi
PO Box 598

Waea Tel: (04) 470 5762

Īmēra Email: pmscienceprizes@royalsociety.org.nz.

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