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2021 STEM Excellence Awards - The Minister's Tasmanian STEM Innovation of the Year

Tasmanian Government’s STEM Excellence Awards

Since 2016 the government has recognised Tasmanians who have excelled in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.
The award
The Minister’s Tasmanian STEM Innovation of the Year Award (the Award) recognises the achievements of the state's STEM entrepreneurs and highlights the importance of innovation in growing Tasmania’s community and economy. Supported by the Tasmanian Government, Inspiring Australia, and University of Tasmania, the Award will recognise a business or individual for their innovative STEM product, process or service that has been developed and applied during the period 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2021.

The Award provides the finalists with an excellent opportunity to promote their products, build networks and relationships, and to raise their profile. The Award, consisting of a $5 000 cheque and trophy, will be presented at the Tasmanian STEM Excellence Awards reception on 18 November 2021.

Benefits to the winner and applicants
The benefits from participating in the Tasmanian STEM Excellence Awards are numerous.
The Awards provide:
  • recognition and exposure for participating companies and individuals
  • opportunities for networking and forming business and research alliances amongst participants, including other industry representatives, academics and teachers
  • a platform for participants to benchmark their products and services
  • a ‘showcase of success stories’ for Tasmanian firms and individuals that are developing innovative STEM research outcomes
  • media exposure for products, participating firms and individuals.
Applications are invited from businesses and individuals operating in Tasmania. Groups of individuals or consortia of businesses are also eligible to apply. Research agencies funded by the Tasmanian Government are eligible whereas state government departments are not. Previous winners of this category are not eligible to apply, but previous applicants are invited to re-apply.

The judging panel will be selected on the basis of their knowledge and expertise in the STEM research development fields.

Selection criteria
The Award will be presented for the most innovative and commercially-promising STEM product, process or service that has been developed and applied during the period 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2021. 

In making its selection, the judges will consider the attributes of the proponent, the type and merit of innovation proposed, and the innovation’s potential to make a social and economic impact, either through technology diffusion or commercially.

Other conditions
As a successful recipient of the Award, you may be requested to serve on the judging panel for that award category in the year following your attainment of the award. You may also be asked by the Tasmanian Government, Inspiring Australia, and University of Tasmania to take part in a limited number of STEM engagement events such as Science Meets Parliament, Innovation Forums and student outreach programs if available.

Submitting an application
Applications for the 2021 STEM Excellence Awards are to be completed online.

Please note file uploads are limited at 2 files of 50 MB each. For larger files please provide a link accessible via a website, or contact Jenni Klaus via details below to discuss.


Jenni Klaus – Manager, Inspiring Australia
Phone: (03) 6226 2373