Applications and nominations for Ko Ngā Puipuiaki Pūtaiao a Te Pirimia The 2022 Prime Minister's Science Prizes — New Zealand’s most valuable science awards — are now open!
The Government of New Zealand introduced The Prime Minister’s Science Prizes in 2009 as a way of raising the profile and prestige of science in Aotearoa.
There are five prizes with a combined value of $975,000
Te Puiaki Pūtaiao Matua a Te Pirimia The Prime Minister’s Science Prize
For an individual or team for a transformative scientific discovery or achievement, which has had a significant economic, health, social and/or environmental impact on New Zealand and/or internationally.
Te Puiaki Kaipūtaiao Maea The Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize
For an outstanding emerging scientist who has had their PhD or equivalent qualification conferred no earlier than 1 January 2014.
Te Puiaki Whakapā Pūtaiao The Prime Minister’s Science Communication Prize
Awarded to a practising scientist who can demonstrate an interest, passion and aptitude for science communication and public engagement, or to a person who has developed expertise in public engagement, or communication of complex scientific or technological information to the public and/or science and research communities.
Te Puiaki Kaiwhakaako Pūtaiao The Prime Minister’s Science Teacher Prize
Awarded to a registered kaiako teacher who has been teaching pūtaiao science, pāngarau mathematics, or hangarau technology learning areas of the New Zealand curriculum to school-age children in a primary, intermediate or secondary New Zealand registered school or kura kaupapa.
Te Puiaki Kaipūtaiao Ānamata The Prime Minister’s Future Scientist Prize
Awarded to a Year 12 or Year 13 school tauira student for outstanding achievement in carrying out a practical and innovative science, maths, technology or engineering research project.