Over the past 25 years the Clunies Ross Awards (CRA) have recognised contributions by dedicated individuals to the application of technology for the benefit of Australia. In recognition of the complex nature of such activities the Clunies Ross Awards are awarded in three categories with a single winner in each category.
- Clunies Ross Entrepreneur of the Year Award
- For those who have played a leadership role in the translation of a technology-based product or service that has led to financial success and demonstrated impact for Australia, and in which they have personally had a significant input in the inventorship or development of the technology. Such a person would typically have business responsibility as a CEO or a senior manager and may be working in either an early stage SME or a mature company environment.
- Typically this would be an entrepreneurial person leading an activity that is disrupting well established vendors or commercialising new opportunities through innovative use of new technologies.
- Clunies Ross Knowledge Commercialisation Award
- For those who have been responsible for the development and adoption of a technology and for sharing their knowledge leading to commercialisation, for example by licensing with a financially successful outcome.
- Typically this could be a researcher or developer in a Public Funded Research Organisation, university or private company who has successfully passed his or her product/invention/service to a third party to commercialise and has generated significant revenue to the person and /or organisation they are associated with.
- Clunies Ross Innovation Award
- For those who have been responsible for the development and adoption of a technology that has significantly improved societal and/or industry capabilities. In this case the primary outcome is not a financial benefit but has measurable broad community or industry impact.
- Typically this could be a researcher or developer in a Public Funded Research Organisation, university or private company, where the outcome is in the form of industry development, or measureable improvement in community well-being or sustainability measures. Examples could include technologies that improve remote monitoring of agriculture/ecosystems, or improved access to remote learning and health care.