The BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards are Australia’s most prestigious school science and engineering awards. The BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards are Australia's most prestigious school science and engineering awards. The Awards are a partnership between the BHP Foundation, CSIRO, the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) and state and territory Science Teacher Associations across Australia.
The finalists in the BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards are the best and brightest student researchers and innovators in the country. Entry to the Awards is via nomination through a State or Territory Science Teacher Association Science Competition.
Each year, finalists in the Year 3 – 12 Science Investigation and K – 12 Engineering Categories of the STAWA Science Talent Search competition are invited to submit entries in the BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards, if they meet the entry requirements. Information on how to submit entries is sent to school coordinators in October.
The top twenty-six finalists are invited to an all-expenses paid, four-day educational science camp and the prestigious BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards ceremony to be held in Melbourne in February each year. Part of this camp includes the final judging round for the major prizes.
The top three projects from the Investigations category and top three projects from the Engineering category receive the following prizes:
• First prize A$4000
• Second Prize A$3000
• Third Prize A$1500
The top twenty finalists will receive a A$250 prize.
Up to 100 semi-finalist entries will win A$100.
One finalist will be awarded the Innovator to Market prize. The Innovator to Market winner will receive an all-expenses paid experience including attendance at one of CSIRO’s ON programs and visit to CSIRO labs or centres.
The finalist winners for the BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards will have the chance to participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in the United State of America in May.
Up to eight winning primary entries will win A$250.
Up to 90 primary students will receive encouragement award prize packs.