ACU prize offers $10,000 for ethical research

Saturday, 21 April 2007

24 April, 2007: Australian Catholic University (ACU) will again pay tribute to the nation's best ethics research as part of the 2007 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.

The ACU-sponsored Eureka Prize for Research in Ethics, now in its sixth year, is valued at $10,000.

The award recognises outstanding research into theoretical or practical ethical issues that contribute to the understanding and development of ethical standards, and can be awarded to an individual researcher or a research team.

ACU Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Sheehan AO said the award captures the spirit of the University’s own social justice and ethics mission, through relevant scholarly research.

“Australian Catholic University is guided by a fundamental concern for ethics, whether they be personal, academic or research-based. The Eureka Prize for Research in Ethics wholeheartedly reflects this mission and as such the University is delighted to continue to support the prize in 2007,” Professor Sheehan said.

“Entries are welcomed from all Australian researchers whose work fits the judging criteria, including internal applicants from ACU.  Given that ethics underpins so much of the research conducted at the University the focus of this prize is of particular relevance to our teaching as well as our research.

“Last year’s winner, Professor Janna Thompson from the University of Melbourne, was selected from a highly competitive field for her groundbreaking research into societal responsibility for past injustices. We anticipate this year’s entries will be of a similarly high calibre – scholarly, innovative, insightful and faithful to the spirit of the prize.”

Entrants to the 2007 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes – Australia’s premier awards for science and science promotion – stand to share in $200,000 total prize money across 20 awards, including honours for research and innovation, leadership, school science, and science journalism and communication.

Applications for the Australian Catholic University Eureka Prize for Research in Ethics close at 5pm AEST on Friday, 4 May, 2007. For information on how to enter, visit the 2007 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes website at

For a full list of past winners of the Eureka Prize for Research in Ethics, visit the ACU website’s Eureka Prizes page at

Australian Catholic University (ACU) – established as Australia’s only Catholic, national, publicly funded university – is open to all. The University empowers its students and staff with a strong sense of social responsibility and concern for the moral and ethical dimensions of their study and their professional and personal lives.