Frequently asked questions

Nominations

Is there an appeal process if my application is unsuccessful?


There is no appeal process for unsuccessful applications. Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the Nomination Guidelines to ensure they meet the conditions of entry and eligibility criteria before they start an application.




What is the composition of each judging panel?


The judging panel comprises of key stakeholders from industry, research, government and education. Category winners from the previous year are invited to sit on the relevant panel.




Will panel members have background on the category?


It should not be assumed that panel members have a technical level of understanding. Applications should clear and concise using plain English.





General questions

Can engineers apply for the Tall Poppy Award and the Unsung Hero Award?


The Tall Poppy Award and the Unsung Hero Award are managed by external organisations.

For information on the Tall Poppy Award, visit Australian Institute of Policy and Science.

For information on the Unsung Hero Award, visit Inspiring South Australia.




Can we access the promotional videos of past winners?


Yes. These are available on the Department for Innovation and Skills’ YouTube channel.




Are there any legal or contractual arrangements that restrict my use of the videos and promotional material?


You are free to use the videos and photos to increase exposure of your work and achievements with research, industry, education and government stakeholders. However, the following restrictions apply:

  1. These assets cannot be edited or amended in any way and are owned by the Department for Innovation and Skills.
  2. You must state that assets are from the 2021 SA Science Excellence and Innovation Awards or other.
  3. Please use the hashtag #SAScienceAwards on social media platforms.




How many applications were submitted in 2020, and what was the most popular category in terms of nominations?


In 2020, there were 99 nominations. The category with the highest nominations was the PhD Research Excellence Award.




Will my work be publicised by the Department as part of the award process?


Winners and finalists' videos will be used for marketing and promotional activities by the Department for Innovation and Skills and the Office for the Chief Scientist.




What are the objectives of the SA Science Excellence and Innovation Awards?


The objectives of the South Australian Science Excellence and Innovation Awards 2021 are:

  • to celebrate the importance of excellence, collaboration, innovation and translation of work across STEMM fields for a healthy economy, environment and community.
  • to recognise outstanding leadership shown by individuals and teams in STEMM research, innovation and education.
  • to highlight the importance and relevance of STEMM education in a changing world.
  • to showcase the importance and diversity of STEMM professionals and careers in the current and future workforce.




What are the key dates of the awards?


As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Science Excellence and Innovation Awards will go ahead as planned, but with a modified schedule. Key dates include:

  • Nominations close 5pm Wednesday 11 August 2021
  • Judging will occur in August 2021
  • Finalists will be announced in early September 2021
  • Filming of the Finalist videos will commence from September 2021
  • Winners will be announced at the Awards Presentation. Details to be confirmed at a later date.




If my application is not successful can I apply again next year?


Yes. You can reapply if you meet all the conditions of entry, eligibility and selection criteria in the following year for either the same or a different category. Previous finalists can also reapply. Previous award winners can apply for a different award category should they meet relevant criteria.





Rewards

Does the award stipend get sent to the applicant’s personal bank account or to a work-related bank account?


The Department for Innovation and Skills will transfer monies to the winner’s nominated bank account.




Is the prize money subject to income tax?


We recommend you seek independent advice from your financial adviser.




What constitutes professional development activities as per the award criteria?


Professional development activities may contribute to the ongoing development of the individual or team. Examples may include leadership development courses, attending conferences beyond their field of research to broaden their understanding or collaboration opportunities or skills development in areas that could complement their current skills.




What are the time commitments post-Awards?


Award recipients and finalists may be required to undertake a number of local public events or activities in the year following their award, such as National Science Week, present addresses at official events, participate in judging panels or information sessions to promote the Awards.

Winners may also be invited to the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science Gala event at the discretion of the Commonwealth Government.





Judging and selection process

Is there an appeal process if my application is unsuccessful?


There is no appeal process for unsuccessful applications. Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the Nomination Guidelines to ensure they meet the conditions of entry and eligibility criteria before they start an application.




What is the composition of each judging panel?


The judging panel comprises of key stakeholders from industry, research, government and education. Category winners from the previous year are invited to sit on the relevant panel.




Will panel members have background on the category?


It should not be assumed that panel members have a technical level of understanding. Applications should clear and concise using plain English.