A huge congratulations to our newest members of the ON Tribe – the ON Prime3 cohort!

From 13 - 24 November 2017, ON Prime3 participants all across the country took to their final sessions to pitch their learnings and big ideas to members of industry, CSIRO, mentors and the ON facilitators. Following this pitch event, one team in each location were awarded the ON Prime Facilitator's Award for Excellence prize of $2,000.

Here is a list of all the 'ON Prime3 Facilitator's Award for Excellence' recipients in each Hub.



Imagine a national club where like-minded Australian students can share and extend their passion for science, technology, engineering and maths. Where they can be connected to authentic education, publishing and scientific research with a highly trusted and respected scientific organisation. The new club would fill the gap left by the old Double Helix Science Club, in a niche that has not yet been filled and of which we still hear incredible impact stories. This club would take STEM into the lives of students, their families and teachers across Australia, improving scientific literacy, showcasing STEM careers, and helping cement CSIRO as a household name.


Bee-Dar, University of Newcastle

Global honeybee populations have been devastated by the parasitic mite Varroa Destructor, and in some parts of the world honeybee numbers have plummeted by up to 90 per cent. The problem as it stands is that many of our food crops and the broader ecosystem rely on honeybee pollination. Australia is the last country in the world to be Varroa Destructor free. As a primary producer, we deal daily with introduced pests and diseases and we don’t want to see 'Varroa' added to that list. As a result, we have developed BeeDar - in effect, a radar for bees - to be the frontline defence to stop Varroa establishing in Australia.


Vigilant, Macquarie University

Vigilant is a self-powering, wearable device that inconspicuously monitors a person's vital signs to automatically detect and diagnose situations where the wearer may be in life-threatening danger.


Opticellutions, CSIRO Health and Biosecurity

Cell lines are used throughout the world for the production of many bio-pharmaceuticals, including antibodies, vaccines and therapeutics. Our team is at the forefront of creating bespoke modified cell lines that can decrease production costs, leading to increased profits for customers. A decreased cost of goods will ultimately lower the cost for the consumer and open up markets such as lower socio-economic markets, where these goods are currently out of reach.

Gallifree,CSIRO Health and Biosecurity

Allergy to chicken eggs is a widespread condition affecting up to 2.5% of children and is the second most common food allergy. This presents a major food safety issue for the community since eggs are used in such a wide range of food products. Furthermore, the widespread use of egg-based flu vaccines poses additional risks. The incidence of egg allergy in Australia is increasing and the cause of this is not understood and subject to much debate. We have invented a method for gene editing in chickens that will allow us to develop hens for the production of allergen-free eggs.


Advanced Aerospace Transceivers, University of Adelaide

The Advanced Transceivers for Aerospace Applications project is investigating a technology base that will improve the practical use of new RF transceiver designs to make aerospace communications significantly better. This has been achieved by developing revolutionary advances in the composite efficiency of the combined supply modulator and transceiver. This will allow current and next-gen RF transceivers to implement very fast supply modulation with sufficiently low loss and high power handling capabilities.

Northern Australia

EmojiFit Diabetes, Charles Darwin University

One in eleven people around the word have diabetes, and of that number 85 to 90% of them suffer type 2 diabetes. Most people with type 2 diabetes don’t have access to the information and support they need to manage their blood sugar, blood pressure and blood fats well. This places them at high risk for the complications of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, amputations, kidney disease, blindness and sexual health problems. We have developed an app, using emojis and pictograms, to enable people with type 2 diabetes, wherever they are and whatever their background, to make evidence-based decisions about how best to make the lifestyle changes to reduce their risks for diabetes complications.


Breaking the Mould, Murdoch University

Fresh produce is highly susceptible to moulds and decays, even when stored correctly. We have developed a chemical-free process to prevent moulds from occurring, using the most abundant form of matter in the universe - plasma. Plasma is an ionized gas, and the technology is similar to that used in plasma television screens. Plasma kills the moulds that grow on fruit and vegetables, making fresh produce healthier for consumption and increasing shelf-life. Our plasma technology will directly address the global food security challenge by making more food available for more people.


Cocobio Australia, The University of Queensland

Recent findings have allowed for radical improvements in the cloning of coconuts so that they are more reproducible and that the supply and demand of coconuts are much more feasible on a larger scale. This 'core' cloning technology is an innovative new step that bypasses the traditional seed-based coconut farming and has been successfully tested on a wide range of coconut varieties. Through this initiative, we hope to bring our research idea into life and also provide coconut planters with more affordable and reliable planting materials, better yields and use of unused land resources in Northern Australia.

If you'd like to be part of our next ON Prime – Prime4, complete your application now! Closes 2 Feb 2018

Contact ON

Your contact details

First name must be filled in

We'll need to know what you want to contact us about so we can give you an answer.