Do you have an idea to make a difference?

22 September 2011

Run by The Australian in association with Shell and supported by the Federal Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, the awards will help drive some of the nation's best ideas to commercialisation or execution.

The awards, open to individuals and teams, recognise innovation purely for the public good as well as breakthroughs with commercial potential. The seven professional categories reflect Australia's national research priorities. The winners of the professional categories will receive prizes of $5000. The overall winner will receive a further $25,000. An eighth category, 'backyard innovation', is open to the general public and has a $10,000 prize.

The judging criteria includes: excellence in science, technology or engineering; likely positive economic, public good or environmental impact; originality and environmental sustainability. (Entrants in the health and education categories are asked to explain how their innovation will not give rise to any negative environmental impacts.)

Entries close at midnight (AEST) on Wednesday 28 September. For full information, including rules, categories and the judging panel, visit The Australian Innovation Challenge awards website

Contact: Dr Lucy Buxton

Phone: 02 9351 6242

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