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 and have been running since 1981.

The Awards reward school-aged students who have undertaken practical research projects. The BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards recognise and reward the next generation of STEM leaders who have undertaken innovative science or engineering projects.

2018 group photo of finalists of The BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards

The BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards were expanded in 2013 to include an Engineering category which now complements the long-standing Science Investigations category.

In 2015, an Innovator to Market Award was added to recognise the student whose project and attitude represented the most immediate preparedness and opportunity to commercialise.

The BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards Teacher Award recognises 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.

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. 

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