Funding announced for science engagement

On 19 October 2016, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, the Hon Greg Hunt announced the opening of the 2017 round of the National Science Week Grants. The Government is supporting community engagement with science by making $500 000 available through the grants which are now open for applications.

Minister Hunt also announced $13.3 million in funding for initiatives to help Australian students participate in major science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) events and competitions at home and internationally, and to help them prepare for the jobs and economy of the future. The Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions and the funding for the International Olympiads and National Youth Science Forum are part of the government’s $48 million initiative to inspire STEM literacy and engagement in all Australians under the National Innovation and Science Agenda.

National Science Week Grants

The Government is supporting nationwide science engagement by making $500 000 available through the National Science Week Grants, an element of the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme. The funding will support exciting events and activities that communicate the importance of science in our everyday lives.

Projects that involve the general public in science can apply for funding of between $2 000 and $20 000. Applicants are encouraged to host events or activities that extend the reach of National Science Week to regional and remote areas, and to engage new and previously under-served audiences.

In 2016, more than 40 applications were funded through the grants. These included a project that brought kids into the University of Adelaide’s Medical School to learn about neuroscience, and an Indigenous Science Experience hosted in Redfern over three days.

National Science Week is as much about communicating what we already know as sharing what we’re trying to find out. These grants will go a long way to spreading the excitement behind today’s scientific projects. Getting a wide range of communities enthusiastic about science is at the heart of the Government’s commitment to the National Innovation and Science Agenda.

Who can apply, and how

Applicants for National Science Week Grants can apply for funding between $2 000 and $20 000 per project.  Projects must involve participation from the general public and promote the aims of National Science Week.

Applications will be judged according to the quality of the project and its scientific basis and significance, as well as the expected audience diversity and range.

For more information, go to the National Science Week Grants Programme Guidelines and to apply visit www.business.gov.au/nswkg

National Science Week will be held from 12 to 20 August 2017 and applications for grants are now open.

Apply now and help to make it the best National Science Week yet.

Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions

The Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions, another element of the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme, is now open for applications.

These grants will provide $6.4 million of funding over four years to support Australian students to participate in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related events in Australia and overseas.

The funding will be provided in two streams:

  • $4 million ($1 million a year) for student participation in STEM engagement activities and events that take place in Australia or overseas
  • $2.4 million ($600 000 a year) for student participation in international STEM competitions taking place overseas.

Applications will be assessed in the order they are received, and grants will be closed when the funding allocation for that year runs out.

Grants of between $1 000 and $5 000 are available to schools and organisations that apply on behalf of students, with up to $20 000 available for group applications. Applications for over $10 000 must at least match grant funds with cash or in-kind contributions.

The Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions are aimed at supporting Australian students to develop skills and potential career opportunities in STEM fields.

Eligible projects include student participation in international science fairs, getting innovative students in contact with entrepreneurs, or funding a group of students to attend an exciting STEM conference.

Who can apply and how

For more information, go to the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme Guidelines and to apply, please visit www.business.gov.au/sgseic

Science Olympiads and National Youth Science Forum funding

The Olympiads are international science, mathematics and informatics competitions of the highest calibre. Australian students regularly excel at Olympiads: in 2016, Australian teams returned with six silver and 11 bronze medals from the International Science Olympiads; two silver and four bronze medals from the Mathematics Olympiad; and three silver and one bronze medal from the Informatics Olympiad.

The Australian Government is providing:

  • Close to $1.5 million over four years to support our most talented Australian students to take part in the International Mathematics and Informatics Olympiads. The Australian Mathematics Trust will deliver this programme on behalf of the Government.
  • Close to $3 million over four years to Australian Science Innovations to deliver the Australian Science Olympiads programme, including support to our most talented science students participating in the International Science Olympiads.
  • A separate grant of $1.76 million to Australian Science Innovations to support Australia hosting the Asian Physics Olympiad for the first time in 2019, which will help to foster fantastic international networks between our STEM students and colleagues.
  • $660,000 over four years to the National Youth Science Forum to expand the national Science Teachers Summer School and create a new January training session for an additional 200 students. The funding will also be used to create scholarships for students from disadvantaged backgrounds to take advantage of the forum’s work, including linking students with mentors and career opportunities.

For more information and how to apply for these programmes, please visit their websites:

Maker Projects and Citizen Science Grants

More information will be available as soon as these elements of the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme are launched.

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