[ASC-media] Entries open for The Australian Innovation Challenge

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Entries are open for the $65,000 The Australian Innovation Challenge awards, honouring excellence in fields from minerals and energy to ICT and community services.

Now is your chance to showcase your bright idea by entering the Challenge, which is run by The Australian in association with Shell.

As previous winners and finalists attest, the awards, now in their fourth year, are helping to drive breakthroughs to commercialisation or adoption. This year, we have introduced a Young Innovators category open to students under the age of 21. It carries a $5000 cash prize.

Innovation policy expert Dr Terry Cutler is chairing a panel of leaders from the science community, industry and government judging the awards.

Some entrants are already reaping the benefits of the awards – prestige and ongoing publicity in Australia’s main national daily newspaper as well as much-needed prize money. 

Last year, Dr Michelle McIntosh and her team at Monash University, in Melbourne, won the overall prize in the professional categories for an inhalant form of oxytocin, a hormone that reduces haemorrhage after childbirth and which could save lives in developing countries.

And Queensland entrepreneur Trevor Powell won the Backyard Innovation prize for the Impacts solar desalination and power plant.

The Australian and Shell will champion your innovation if you get a high score. To get the message out, the best entries will be featured in a prominent position in The Weekend Australian over several weeks and showcased on the awards website and in a dedicated publication.

The online entry form and details of the awards, including category definitions, the judging criteria, the judging panel, supplementary material requirements, the entry procedure, rules and stories on past winners, are on the awards website at http://www.theaustralian.com.au/innovationchallenge 

The five professional categories open to specialists (including scientists, engineers, technologists, educators and innovators in community services) are:

* Environment, Agriculture and Food
* Community Services: Health, Education and Public Services
* Minerals and Energy
* Manufacturing, Construction and Infrastructure

The professional category winners will receive prizes of $5000. The overall winner will receive a further $25,000.

A sixth category, Backyard Innovation, is open to the public and has a $10,000 prize.

Entries in all categories will be judged against the following equally-weighted criteria.

* science or technological excellence and novelty 
* potential impact 
* sustainability and end user benefit 
* adoption and take-up (including plans for paths to market for early-stage development work). 

The awards are open to individuals and teams, and you can enter more than one project. International collaborative projects are eligible as long as the work was driven from Australia. 

The awards recognise innovation purely for the public good as well as breakthroughs with a direct commercial focus. 

Previous winners who wish to enter this year must enter different projects. Entrants, including finalists, in the 2011, 2012 and 2013 awards who did not win a prize, may enter the same projects in 2014 but must explain how the work has developed in the meantime.

Entries close at 2359 AEST Monday, July 14, 2014. 
For entry details visit: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/innovationchallenge 

Juliana Lai Mobile +61 410 128 292 Phone +61 2 9288 2947
E: juliana.lai at news.com.au

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