BHP Foundation Science & Engineering Awards


The BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards are Australia’s most prestigious school science and engineering awards. The finalists are the best and brightest student researchers and innovators in the country. The BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards also recognise teachers who engage students in the study of open-ended investigations and work consistently within their school community and wider professional arenas to make an outstanding contribution to science education in Australia.

The BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards are a partnership between the BHP  Foundation , CSIRO, the Australian Science Teachers Association , STAT and all other state and territory Science Teacher Associations across Australia. Entry to the BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards is via nomination through the Tasmanian Science Talent Search (TSTS).

Cousins, Mitch Torok from Rosny College and Isaac Brain from Launceston College – winners of the 2019 Engineering Award. They will travel to the International Science and Engineering Fair in Arizona. 

Mitch and Isaac had a wonderful time at the camp in Melbourne and to quote Mitch, “winning the national award was just wild”

They are both off to university in 2019 to pursue studies in their chosen fields of mechatronics and computer science respectively. For further information on their success go to the TSTS page.

Student Prizes

The top twenty-six finalists will be invited to an all-expenses paid, four-day educational science camp and the prestigious BHP Billiton 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

One finalist will be awarded the Innovator to Market prize. The Innovator to Market prize 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 top twenty finalists will receive a A$250 prize.
Up to 100 semi-finalist entries will win A$100.

The finalist winners for the BHP Billiton 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.

Teacher Prize

Teacher finalists will be invited to attend the BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards Teacher Best Practice Seminar and the prestigious BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards ceremony to be held in Melbourne in February each year. The winning teacher will also be invited to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in the United State of America in May.

Student Entry

Entry into the BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards is by invitation only, through the Tasmanian Science Talent Search (TSTS).

To be considered for nomination, please submit your project/s into the relevant categories:
• research investigation category of Tasmanian Science Talent Search (TSTS)
• engineering category of Tasmanian Science Talent Search (TSTS).

NB Students who have entered in either the UTAS SIA Awards, or who have conducted a CSIRO CREST Investigation can also enter this work in the TSTS Research Investigation section of TSTS and therefore be considered for nomination as a BHP Foundation Awards entrant.

For nominated entries into the BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards, please ensure the following requirements are met, to be eligible for selection as a finalist:
• projects must include designing and carrying out an experimental investigation or engineering project
• the project has been nominated for entry through the Tasmanian Science Talent Search (TSTS).
• the PDF entry form and online entry form are both completed (contact STAT for these forms)
• a written project report is uploaded with the online entry form (PDF preferred)
• project report includes acknowledgement of prior research/development and assistance from    experts/industry professionals
• group projects include a maximum of three students
• students must be an Australia Citizen or permanent resident
• and for engineering entries only, a short video of the product in operation is uploaded with the online entry form (5 mins max)

Do you have further questions about how to enter? Contact us and we’ll be happy to help.