Programs & awards

Clunies Ross Awards

Clunies Ross Winners

The 2018 winners of the Clunies Ross Awards: Professor David Huang, Dr Erol Harvey FTSE and Dr James Aylward.

The Clunies Ross Awards have been offered since 1991, recognising people who have shared their vision and knowledge to apply technology for the benefit of Australia.

There are three categories, with a single winner in each category.

Clunies Ross Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Open to an individual winner only

A typical awardee will have played an integral role in the discovery and translation of a major technology-based product or service that has led to financial success and demonstrated impact for Australia, and in which they have personally had a significant input in the invention and/or development of the technology.

Such a person would typically have business responsibility as a CEO or a senior manager and may be working in either an early stage SME or a mature company environment.

The individual will have been associated with the development of the technology and have overseen its deployment into commercial use with economic returns to Australia. Such individuals display long-term commitment to achieve the successful end use of the technology they invent or develop.

Typically, this would be an entrepreneurial person leading an activity that is disrupting well-established vendors or commercialising new opportunities through innovative use of new technologies.

Clunies Ross Knowledge Commercialisation Award
Open to an individual or a small team (normally up to three people)

For those who have been responsible for the discovery, development and adoption of a technology and for sharing their knowledge leading to commercialisation, for example by licensing, with a significant financially successful outcome.

Typically, this could be a researcher and/or developer (or research or development team) in a public funded research organisation, university and/or a private company who has successfully passed a product/invention/service to a third party to commercialise and has generated significant revenue to the person and/or organisation(s) they are associated with.

Clunies Ross Innovation Award
Open to an individual or a small team (normally up to three people)

For those who have been responsible for the discovery, development and adoption of a technology that has significantly improved societal and/or industry capabilities. In this case, the primary outcome is not a direct financial benefit but has measurable broad community or industry impact.

Typically, this could be a researcher or developer (or team) in a public funded research organisation, university or a private company, where the outcome is in the form of industry development, or measureable improvement in community well-being or sustainability measures.

Examples could include technologies that improve remote monitoring of agriculture/ecosystems, or improved access to remote learning and health care.

Nominations are accepted each year from Fellows and members of the public. They are assessed by a committee of eminent and expert people.

Nominations for the 2019 Awards are now closed. They will be presented at the annual Academy Innovation Dinner in Sydney on 13 June.