nomination process & eligibility

The Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation celebrates leadership, determination and creativity, highlighting the many ways in which research and development of international significance are conducted in Victoria.


Download the Nomination Guide.

Download the Referee Guide.

Read through the FAQs.

Key Dates

  • Call for Nominations closed on
    12.00pm [AEST] on Monday, 18 July 2022
  • Referee reports to be received by
    12.00pm [AEST] on Monday, 25 July 2022

All eligible nominations for the Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation will be considered by the Selection Panel.

The Selection Panel will be drawn from leading members of Victoria’s science, engineering and technology sectors. The panel may seek assistance from appropriate learned specialists, professional associations or consultants.

The Selection Panel will, in its absolute discretion, select the proposed recipients of the Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation on the basis of the Key Criteria. The Selection Panel’s recommendations are submitted to the Minister for Innovation, Medical Research, and the Digital Economy.

The recommendations of the Selection Panel are final and appeals will not be considered. The Victorian Government and veski reserve the right not to award a Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation in any given year.

The total value of each Prize will remain at $25,000 and will be evenly apportioned between joint recipients.

Obligations of recipients

Each nominee shall give permission for details contained in the nomination to be released to the members of the selection panel and referees (both those listed in the nomination form and external referees) for the purposes of the selection process.

Whenever such material is considered by the selection panel or referees, this information and details of their deliberations and recommendations will remain confidential, except for information that is required to be disclosed by law or used by an employee of veski in carrying out their duties. Nominees should note that a description of the work being acclaimed and images of the recipients will be publicised.


Candidates for the Victoria Prize must be nominated by an individual, a group of individuals or a professional association. Self-nominations will be excluded.

Nominees should be active in research. Their field of endeavour may be in:

  • research (pure or applied); or
  • development (for example, implementation of research outcomes in an industrial setting).

Eligibility for the Victoria Prize for Science & Innovation is limited to Australian citizens or permanent residents who:

  • have been resident in Victoria for at least the three years prior to the closing date of the call for nominations; and
  • have performed the major part of the work being acclaimed within Victoria.

Other major collaborators involved in the discovery or innovation, or potential discovery or innovation must be referenced within the nomination.

Recipients of other professional, state, national or international awards are eligible for the Victoria Prize for Science & Innovation, providing they meet all eligibility criteria.

Life Sciences

The Life Sciences category comprises the fields of science that involve the scientific study of living organisms and their life processes and ecosystems, covering fields such as biology, medicine or anthropology.

Physical Sciences

The Physical Sciences category encompasses the branches of science that study non-living systems, including but not limited to fields such as physics, chemistry, earth sciences, engineering, ICT, mathematics and statistics, or astronomy.


The Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation is typically awarded to an individual.

It is recognised, however, that outstanding achievement is often the result of long-term collaboration between individuals making equivalent and complementary contributions. The Prize, therefore, may be awarded to a maximum of two individuals in each category, if the outstanding achievement can be clearly shown to be the outcome of a long-term collaboration.