The Prize

The Prize

The 2021 National University Wood Challenge is looking to support teams of students and academics to come up with new ideas of how we can use wood in innovative ways.

The prize will provide support small teams to bring their innovative, novel or untested ideas for new products to life, through the; building of a prototype, creating or testing their ideas using Australian wood fibre.

The project applications will be assessed by a panel of judges who will award a number of University teams as finalists in the Challenge. The finalists will be awarded with;

  • Up to $20,000 prize to create, build or test your idea and to create a 2 min video of your idea and journey as a finalist.

In Nov 2021, the efforts of the finalists will be judged and an overall winner will be awarded the 2021 National University Wood Challenge Award and $10 000 to continue to develop their product.

Your team

The prize is a ‘team’ award, and each team must be affiliated with an Australian University in Australia.

Each team must have at least one member of the University’s Academic staff and at least one; Post Doctoral scholar or student (PhD and Masters candidates are considered students).

Teams can have up to five people. Teams must be from the same University.

There is no limit to the number of submissions per University and academics and students can be part of more than one team.

Key dates

Entries Open: 18 June

Entries Close: 25 July

Finalists announced: 10 August 

Prototypes to be submitted to judging panel: 31 October

Winner announced: November 2021