ANSTO drives innovation with science scholarships

Future focus: ANSTO's scholarships for 2022 are open for talented graduates.
Future focus: ANSTO's scholarships for 2022 are open for talented graduates.

Aspiring scientists and researchers with promising futures in their field are encouraged to apply for valuable scholarships that could pave a confident path forward.

ANSTO, Australia's knowledge centre for nuclear science and technology, is connecting STEM graduates with the industry through its FutureNow Scholarships for 2022.

The scholarships, funded by the NSW Government and supported by university and industry partners, enables graduates and early career researchers in health, defence, space, environment and nuclear technologies to carry out industry-focused projects.

Recipients can receive up to $35,000 to fund their research, as well as support to collaborate with other scientists through travel and conferences.

ANSTO's Head of Research, Dr Suzanne Hollins said the scholarships were an important investment in the future. She said it enabled top graduates to apply their scientific knowledge in ways that could deliver tangible benefits for industry.

"From the development of antibiotics, through to the invention of the ultrasound - Australian researchers have a reputation for cutting-edge scientific discoveries," Dr Hollins said.

"By supporting local bright young minds, we're not only preserving this proud legacy, but we're also ensuring our nation has the ability to continue to build on it for generations to come."

Scholarship recipients may also obtain access to ANSTO's state-of-the-art facilities at Lucas Heights to put their theories to the test and develop workable solutions to real world problems.

"Some of Australia's best scientific facilities and researchers are at ANSTO. By providing our up-and-coming researchers access, we're giving them the tools they need to thrive in the future," Dr Hollins said.

Open now, students can apply for a scholarship and join the more than 120 graduates currently part of the ANSTO Graduate Institute.

The scholarships are being delivered in partnership with University of NSW, University of Wollongong, Sydney University and Macquarie University, and Industry Partners such as BHP, Cobalt Blue, Santos and Southeast Local Land Services, with support of the NSW Government.

Also on the science front, nominations are open for the 2022 Prime Minister's Prizes for Science.

Peers and colleagues of Australia's outstanding scientists, research-based innovators and science teachers are urged to nominate them.

There are seven categories and awards of up to $750,000 in prize money.

Minister for Science and Technology Melissa Price said those involved in science and innovation and teachers of science, technology and mathematics could put forward the names of those they wanted to see recognised for their contributions.

"I strongly encourage people to nominate those they know are doing great work in scientific research, research-based innovation, and in science teaching," she said.

"Science, technology and innovation are at the heart of so many of the key opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for Australia.

"We are working hard to increase the diversity of nominations that are received for the prizes each year - but we need everyone's help to make this happen.

"If you know someone who should be recognised, we want to hear from you.

"In 2022 we want to uncover the unsung heroes from all across Australia - people whose work is delivering innovative solutions and creating better ways of working, living and educating in our community."

Nominations close February 10.

Nominate here.