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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, Science Teachers’ Association of Victoria Inc. 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 STAV Science Talent Search.


Teachers and students entering the Victorian Science Talent Search Experimental Research and Inventions categories may be entered into a national competition which may lead to prizes and opportunities, such as recognition as Finalists, STEM experiences, and the opportunity to be selected to represent Australia at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Further details to come.


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 (STS Experimental Research category) or engineering project (STS Inventions category)
  • group projects include a maximum of two students from STAV STS.
  • students must be an Australian Citizen or permanent resident. 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 once. 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

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