South Australian Department for Innovation and Skills: SA Science Excellence and Innovation Awards

These annual awards recognise South Australian individuals and teams that have demonstrated leadership in scientific excellence and innovation across the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) Research and Innovation Value Chain.

Award categories

Nominations are now open for six award categories:

  • South Australian Scientist of the Year
  • South Australian Innovator of the Year
  • STEMM Educator of the Year
    • Primary or Secondary School Level
    • University or Registered Training Organisation Level
  • Excellence in Science and Industry Collaboration
  • PhD Research Excellence.


Nominees must be Australian citizens, or hold permanent residence status. The majority of work or research for which you are nominating must have been undertaken in South Australia. For detailed eligibility criteria and further details, please refer to the Nomination Guidelines.

Value of the award

The South Australian Scientist of the Year and the South Australian Innovator of the year will receive a prize to the value of $25,000. The winners of the remaining categories will receive a prize to the value of $10,000 to use towards their career development. All winners receive a trophy designed and produced by the Jam Factory and recognised as ambassadors of science at the state level.

Submission requirements & due date

Applications are submitted directly to the Sponsor by 24 May 2022.

There are two ways to nominate for an Award:

  • Self-nomination
  • Nomination of others

Please note: nominations must be endorsed via Research Services prior to submission. Nominations will either be endorsed by Deputy Vice Chancellor Research (DVCR) or Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic (DVCA) dependent on which award you are applying for. For Instructions on how to obtain an endorsement from the DVCR, please see the instructions to applicants.

If you decide to apply for this award, please email your nomination to by 13 May 2022. 

Prior to submission please ensure that your University of Adelaide Researcher Profile page is up to date.

Further information

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