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BHP Foundation 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 and the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA). 

Entry to the BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards is via nomination only through a state or territory Science Teachers Association competition. There are three major awards - Investigations, Engineering and Innovator to Market. Check out the previous finalists and winners for ideas and inspiration for your next investigations or engineering entry

Up to six student finalists are selected to participate in the virtual Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) where more than 1,800 high school students from 75 countries, regions and territories showcase their independent research. 

Your journey with the Awards doesn't stop after the ceremony, as a member of the Alumni network that gives members the opportunity to connect with fellow finalists.

Teacher Award

We also recognise the outstanding contributions made by classroom teachers to science education. Entry to the BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Teacher Award is via nomination through a state or territory Science Teacher Association. Check out the previous finalists and winners here.

Teacher finalists will be invited to attend the BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards Teacher Best Practice Seminar and the prestigious BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards virtual ceremony. The winning teacher will also be invited to attend the virtual International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

Student Entry

In order to be a BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards entrant, you need adhere to the following guidelines:

  • your entry must have been nominated by your state or territory Science Teacher Association (STA)
  • your project must be entered into either the Investigations or Engineering categories
  • projects must include designing and carrying out an experimental investigation or engineering project
  • group projects include a maximum of three students
  • students must be an Australia Citizen or permanent resident6.each project may only be entered once, however if a student or group of students have more than one project nominated, they can enter the competition more than once7.the online entry form and all PDFs must be completed and uploaded
  • a project abstract (guidelines on webpage) of up to 250 words will be required for the online entry form
  • each project must be assigned a Unique Project ID. This should be the only identifying information on your written report. Your Unique Project ID will be assigned to you/your team by your local STA.
  • Please contact your STA if you do not have your Unique Project ID
A written project report is to be uploaded with the online entry form (PDF preferred). The report for both the Investigations and Engineering categories must have the following characteristics:

  • 3000 word limit
  • acknowledgement of prior research/development and assistance from experts/industry professionals
  • must include a comprehensive risk assessment
  • must not have your name, age or state anywhere within the report
  • each page of your report must be labelled with your Unique Project ID

Engineering Projects

  • engineering entries must be a working device or product
  • ICT-based projects in an Engineering or Science context that have a positive impact are also eligible
  • each entry must be accompanied by a video of the device/product in operation
  • it is important to note that the quality of the video itself will play no part in the judging; however, it is important that the judges can see and hear the device operating to assess it fairly

Engineering judging breakdown: 

  • 40% design approach (including risk management)
  • 40% design ingenuity
  • 20% value

Investigations Projects

Investigations judging breakdown:

  • 40% scientific procedure (including risk management)
  • 40% ingenuity
  • 20% value