Students, teachers, communicators and scientists have until August to enter this year's Prime Minister's Science Prizes, which have a total award pool of $1 million.
The biggest is the Prime Minister's Science Prize, which offers $500,000, given to an individual or team which has made a transformative discovery or achievement in science that has had a significant impact on New Zealand or internationally.
The other awards are the Emerging Scientist Prize, the Science Teacher prize and the Science Media Communication Prize.
Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce says the prizes are an important component in the government’s programme of supporting and motivating New Zealand’s most talented scientists. “The prizes raise the profile and prestige of science, which has an important role to play in New Zealand’s economic growth and international competitiveness," he says.
The Future Scientist Prize will be awarded to the Supreme Award recipient from the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Realise the Dream competition.
The contest awards secondary school students for their research, technological development or computer science/engineering project and runs for a week in December.
The twenty students will be hosted by scientific and engineering organisations and take part in team activities.